From a thread Thursday afternoon at Sox Talk (a White Sox board):
I am just repeating what was told through my source that I have through MLB that works with MLB's press releases. ... I am hearing that 2 of baseballs biggest names will be announced friday after they tested positive for steroids, i guess they appealed just like palmeiro did and that is why it took so long for this to come out. I must also tell you that my source told me about palmeiro testing positive 2 days before they announced it, so i have a reason to believe he is also right this time. A starting pitcher (old) from the astros and a center fielder from the red sox have tested positive and they will be announced and suspended come friday.And:
Teinowitz [ESPN radio host] giving more hints, 'one in the AL and one in the NL, both in the AllStar Game this year'. Jurko saying that he'd guess the Cubs would love one of these guys as a FA next year, implying Damon. Mac also asked something implying Damon. Now he's saying that one guy is a pitcher and the other isn't. Also that one of the guys has been on their show (so they're basically backing up Damon and Clemens)And:
They closed the show with it also - confirming that they were told 2 players, 1 NL and 1 AL who's teams would be in the playoffs if the season ended today - tested positive.The Neyer stuff, from his Thursday chat:
Derek in Iowa City: What's with the rumors about the two "superstars" that have tested positive for banned substances?Two SoSH threads.
Rob Neyer: We're hearing the same rumors at ESPN, along with some actual names. But I don't have any interest in spreading rumors. We'll know when we know. ...
Dan (Boston): Are you a Carpenter or Clemens man?
Rob Neyer: Clemens, although that could change soon.