Gagne apologizes for distraction caused by link to HGH

PHOENIX (AP) -- Eric Gagne, identified as a user of human growth hormone in the Mitchell Report, apologized today to his new Milwaukee Brewers teammates for quote "a distraction that shouldn't be taking place."

Gagne also said he feels quote "bad" for what his family and friends went through in the offseason. He lauded baseball for its efforts to clean the game up from performance-enchancing drugs.

But the 32-year-old closer declined to answer questions and never addressed the specific accusations against him. He only acknowledged the Mitchell Report once, in a separate statement in French to three visiting Canadian media outlets.

According to the Mitchell Report, steroids dealer Kirk Radomski told former senator George Mitchell he mailed two shipments of HGH directly to Gagne in 2004. According to the report, receipts of shipments indicate Radomski received at least one payment from Gagne and two from then Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Paul Lo Duca on Gagne's behalf.

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