AL NOTEBOOK

Giambi Discusses Steroids With Mitchell

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Yankees slugger Jason Giambi met with George J. Mitchell yesterday in New York, becoming the first active player known to talk with baseball's steroids investigator.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced the meeting, but released no details other than who attended. Selig was not present.

Giambi previously had admitted he had a "personal history regarding steroids." The New York designated hitter agreed to the session on June 21 after Selig threatened to discipline him if he didn't speak to Mitchell.

Mitchell, a former Senate majority leader, has been investigating steroids since he was hired by Selig in March 2006. Mitchell had no comment on the meeting, his office said.

Giambi has been sidelined since June 1 because of a foot injury. The Yankees do not know when the former AL MVP will be able to play again.

Mitchell and members of his law firm met with Giambi. The star's agent, Arn Tellem, and personal attorney, Brian O'Neill, were present, as were Rob Manfred, executive vice president for labor relations in the commissioner's office, and players' union general counsel Michael Weiner.

· BIG BUCKS FOR ICHIRO: Mariners leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki signed a five-year, $90 million contract extension three days after he was the unanimous MVP of the All-Star Game.

The deal ensures that Seattle will not lose its franchise cornerstone to free agency this fall. Instead, the Mariners will keep the seven-time all-star and perennial Gold Glove outfielder under contract until age 39.

Suzuki led the majors with 128 hits going into last night's games. He was batting .355 with five homers and 39 RBI, and had stolen 23 bases.

· DEAL STRUCK: The Tigers traded RHP Roman Colon, recently charged in a locker room scuffle with a teammate at Class AAA Toledo, to the Royals for a player to be named.

Colon was charged with felonious assault after a brawl June 12. He was fighting with a teammate when another Toledo pitcher, Jason Karnuth, tried to break it up.

Colon hit Karnuth and broke several bones in his face, according to a police report. Colon later said he had no idea he hit Karnuth.

-- From News Services


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