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Reds invite LHP Kent Mercker to spring training
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Left-handed reliever Kent Mercker agreed Friday to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds and was invited to spring training.

Mercker spent 17 years in the big leagues, making 677 appearances with the Braves, Orioles, Indians, Reds, Cardinals, Red Sox, Angels, Rockies and Cubs. In four seasons with the Reds, ending in 2006, he had a 3.66 ERA in 192 appearances, including 25 starts.

Mercker, who missed last season while recovering from elbow surgery, was among more than 80 players named in former Senate majority leader George Mitchell's report on drug use commissioned by major league baseball.

New York Mets clubhouse attendant Kirk Radomski alleged in the report that he sold one kit of human growth hormone to Mercker in October 2002. Mercker had just had surgery and hoped it would accelerate his recovery, according to Radomski.

Radomski was sentenced Friday in a federal court in San Francisco to five years' probation and was ordered to pay an $18,575 fine. He pleaded guilty last April to distributing steroids and laundering money.

The Associated Press
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