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Investigators Say Arizona Pitcher
Admitted To Steroids Use

By Jack Curry

Jason Grimsley, a journeyman pitcher with the Arizona Diamondbacks, took only two hours to disclose what he surely hoped would remain a secret, and what other major leaguers also wanted to keep private. About two months ago, according to federal investigators, Grimsley revealed that he had used performance-enhancing substances for several years and that other players did, too.

When three investigators arrived on Grimsley’s doorstep on April 19 with the suspicion that he had just received a shipment of human growth hormone, it did not take long before he admitted that he had used anabolic steroids, amphetamines and human growth hormone, according to documents filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona.

Thirteen federal agents searched Grimsley’s home in Scottsdale, Ariz., for six hours on Tuesday. Mark Lessler, an agent with the Internal Revenue Service, would not divulge what was uncovered. The agents are investigating Grimsley for illegal possession of drugs, illegal distribution of drugs and money laundering of the profits.

During Grimsley’s interview with agents, he admitted to receiving and using performance enhancing substances 10 to 12 times, according to the court papers. Grimsley also named other players who were users, but those names were blacked out in the documents.

Schwarzenegger Voices
New Confidence

By Jennifer Steinhauer

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger began his re-election campaign on Wednesday by racing through the state, boasting about budgets and bond issues and expressing confidence that he would defeat the newly minted Democratic contender, Phil Angelides, the state treasurer.

Angelides beat Steve Westly, the state controller and a former eBay executive, on Tuesday with 48 percent of the vote in the primary. In their race, the two spent the better part of their budgets on television advertising to accuse each other of malfeasance and general incompetence.

Angelides, the more liberal of the two, had the strong support of a majority of unions in the state and its top-ranking Democrats.

Schwarzenegger, whose constituents thought so little of him last winter that it seemed anyone with a bank account and a pulse could remove him, ran without serious opposition in the Republican primary and won nearly 90 percent of the vote. He said he was unafraid of the campaign against Angelides.

The governor, looking relaxed, well coiffed and a shade somewhere between sun-kissed and Sunkist, added: “I don’t look at it as a campaign against somebody. I’m looking at it much more a campaign for the state of California.”