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SP Jameson Taillon After giving the crown to P Trevor Williams last month, Taillon has gone on to establish himself with a few strong starts. He is 3 5 over 13 starts spanning over 70 innings. Taillon carries a 4.08 ERA, but is tied for the league lead with its only complete game shutout of the season.
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Michael Jackson is the $20 million corporate spokesman who won’t speak. “Protect me. Gear team. Salazar has been under investigation by the US Anti Doping Agency (Usada) since a BBC Panorama programme in 2015.The leaked interim report states the American has thus far failed to provide “acceptable justification for possessing testosterone” at his Nike Oregon Project (NOP) running camp.Farah breaks European record in his final indoor raceThe report also states Salazar risked the health of his athletes, including Farah, by issuing potentially harmful prescription medicines, including thyroid replacement drugs, to boost performance, despite there being no obvious medical need.But his possession of the banned anabolic steroid testosterone around the NOP athletes he coaches, first revealed by Panorama in June 2015, could also lead to him being banned from the sport. Salazar insists he has a valid prescription for the drug. The trio are among dozens who have been interviewed by Usada as part of its ongoing investigation.Salazar produced a 12,000 word public response to the BBC and ProPublica’s allegations, including a letter from a specialist stating he required the testosterone for his personal use because he had been diagnosed with hypogonadism, which results in low testosterone.He also said the testosterone experiment, which used his own sons as “guinea pigs”, was designed to protect against his athletes being sabotaged by someone rubbing testosterone gel on them after a race so that they would test positive.According to the leaked report, five days after the Panorama programme, Usada wrote to Salazar, asking him to provide “all medical records for you referring to [a] condition for which you have been prescribed testosterone”.The report states Salazar’s lawyer produced seven documents in support of his condition, but concluded “the documents do not establish Mr Salazar has suffered from hypogonadism or that he requires testosterone replacement therapy.”Despite Usada’s request that he do so, Mr Salazar has still produced no laboratory testing records, blood test data, examination notes, chart notes or differential diagnosis substantiating that Mr Salazar suffers from hypogonadism.”The report states “as of March 17, 2016, Mr Salazar’s lawyer had still not provided additional documentation to Usada therefore] has not established acceptable justification for possessing testosterone and his admitted possession of testosterone appears to have been a violation of sport anti doping rules”.The report adds that the concerns listed above are “before even mentioning the Nike Oregon Project document which lists Galen Rupp having received ‘testosterone medication’ when he was a 16 year old and being coached by Salazar, as well as Mary Decker Slaney’s sanction for an elevated testosterone level while she was being coached by Salazar .”Salazar’s athletes include Britain’s Olympic champion Mo Farah and the USA’s London 2012 10,000m silver medallist Galen Rupp (right)Salazar and Rupp, the London 2012 10,000m silver medallist, strongly deny any wrongdoing.