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Players disappointed by Sosa report

Cubs, Sox disappointed by Sosa report

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko didn't answer any questions Wednesday concerning the New York Times' report alleging that Sammy Sosa is among the 104 Major League players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.

Rehabbing Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez did talk about the Sosa situation, but shared a common outlook on the whole matter involving the sporadic release of names from this testing program.

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In the educated opinion of the White Sox team captain, this is more of a non-story because of the manner in which the tale was told. Konerko also presented his own options as to how this subject matter could be more directly addressed.

"One of two things needs to happen," said Konerko, prior to Wednesday's Crosstown Showdown. "Either whoever is going to report, these sources, put your name behind it and put your face out there and tell people who you are. Or someone admits to it, and that's what happened in the Alex Rodriguez thing.

"That's the only two ways that this becomes a story. Obviously, you guys are standing here so it's a story. But I just think that it's just sad it has come to the fact that news now is on reports, unnamed sources and that kind of stuff. It gives it a bad name for you guys.

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"To me, it's just not a story," Konerko said. "Some guy writes an article, the sources aren't public."

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and Cubs manager Lou Piniella advocated the release of all names on this particular list, when questioned on Tuesday. That topic didn't come up during Konerko's morning conversation with the media.

Instead, Konerko focused on the issue stemming from unnamed sources in a matter of such gravity. He also talked about the risk that could coming from the continued release of this type of report.

"If the guy actually didn't do anything, he already has been crucified in public and that's not fair," Konerko said. "I just don't like when stories come out and really all it is is a rumor. It's just trying to force someone to come out and say something. I think it's not very American.

"You would think if you were going to run a story, you would have to say this is who said this so that person could talk. I guess that's lost somewhere."

Ramirez was surprised that his former Cubs teammate, was allegedly among those who tested positive.

"I played with him for two years and I never saw him do anything wrong," Ramirez said of his countryman. "Yeah, he was big, but everybody was back then. I don't think he did anything wrong."

The two talked this offseason in the Dominican Republic, but not about baseball, Ramirez said.

"Anybody who [takes PEDs], they won't do it in front of people," Ramirez said. "You can play with a guy for 10 years, and you might not notice him doing that stuff. I never saw him do anything wrong."

The revelation of the test came from what the Times referred to as "lawyers with knowledge of the drug-testing results from that year." Alex Rodriguez is the only other player whose name has been linked to the positive results in 2003.

"I just don't understand why of the 104 [names], they only let two names out," Ramirez said. "They have that information, but nobody was supposed to know it. I don't know if you bring all the guys out if that will do baseball any good.

"That was in '03, and we're in '09 now," Ramirez said. "It makes no sense to bring it out now."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Carrie Muskat, a reporter for MLB.com, contributed to this story. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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