Notes: Glaus trying to maintain focus
Slugger doesn't want to be distracted by SI.com implications
ST. PETESBURG -- Troy Glaus says that he wants to focus on helping the Jays make the playoffs and does not want to be distracted by a SI.com story that implicates him in purchasing performance-enhancing drugs via the Internet.
"At this point, I'm just going to concentrate on the game and I want to help the team get into the playoffs," Glaus said to a group of reporters just outside the Blue Jays clubhouse prior to Saturday's game against the Devil Rays. "I'm not going to comment on the story at this time."
Glaus was visibly shaken and his voice cracked several times when he asked the media to appreciate the nature of the story.
"I respect the fact that you have a job to do and you certainly have questions," Glaus said. "I'm not going to comment and I hope you respect that at this time."
Glaus did not make clear when he would discuss the matter and reiterated the request for the media to refrain from asking about the story.
On Friday, SI.com reported that Glaus received multiple shipments of nandrolone -- an anabolic steroid -- and testosterone at an address that corresponds with his California address. Anonymous sources told SI.com reporters that the supplements came from a Florida pharmacy and were processed through a California anti-aging clinic.
The news came only hours after Rick Ankiel, the St. Louis pitcher-turned-hitter, was singled out by the New York Daily News in the two-year-old investigation of Internet performance-enhancing drugs sales by Albany, N.Y., District Attorney David Soares that has resulted in 22 indictments and nine convictions.
Glaus, the 2002 World Series MVP when he played for the Angels, reportedly received the supplements between late 2003 and early 2004, however receipts only show that the substances were sent to the address, SI.com said.
According to the SI.com report, prescriptions, written in Glaus' name, "were obtained through New Hope Health Center, a California-based anti-aging clinic that advertises the sale of anabolic steroids and human growth hormone on its Web site. The prescription was sent through Signature Pharmacy, an Orlando-based pharmacy targeted by Albany County (N.Y.) prosecutors as part of their steroids investigation."
Jays manager John Gibbons said that he hadn't discussed the issue with the team and didn't hear much, if any, chatter about the issue around the clubhouse.
"I haven't talked to them at all about it but I just expect them to deal with it as professionals," Gibbons said.
While Gibbons mostly shied away from the topic, he did mention how the allegations about Angels center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. earlier this year had faded from the news.
"I'm not going to say it's widespread but it's out there," Gibbons said. "But the whole Gary Matthews deal died down quick, didn't it?"
Back in February, Matthews Jr. was named in a newspaper report for procuring HGH via the Internet, also during the 2004 season.
Matthews spent more than two weeks investigating his rights in the matter before releasing a written statement at the club's Spring Training base in Tempe, Ariz., saying that he had never taken the drug, "during the 2004 season or any other time."
MLB never disciplined Matthews and Angels officials said they were satisfied with the statement. There have been no other revelations about Matthews since then.
Glaus has been in the starting lineup the past two nights and Gibbons, who admitted to "being surprised" when he initially heard the news about his third baseman, said he will continue to put him in the lineup.
"Who knows how it's going to affect him," Gibbons said. "He's a good team guy, though, and he's always been that way."
Glaus went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout and scored a run in the Jays' 7-2 win over the Rays on Friday night.
Home crowd effect: Dustin McGowan felt at home on Friday when he tossed a career-high 12 strikeouts against the Devil Rays.
The 25-year-old McGowan said that 30 family members and friends drove down from his home state of Georgia and were in attendance at Tropicana Field to see him pick up his second consecutive win.
"Yeah, I didn't have to call anyone because everyone was mostly here," McGowan said a day after his career night in which he struck out seven of the last nine batters he faced.
McGowan allowed two runs on four hits over eight innings and issued only one walk.
McGowan, who was drafted out of Long County High School in Ludowici, Ga., had arranged to have his family and friends attend the game when he found out he would be pitching in St. Petersburg.
"It was pretty special to have them all here," said McGowan. "The night worked out well."
McGowan has developed well over the course of the season and he said he has leaned on all the pitchers, both young and old.
"I talk to everyone from Roy [Halladay] to Jesse [Litsch] and I pick up tips from each guy," said McGowan. "They've all been helpful in the way I've progressed."
McGowan said that Halladay told him early on during the season to attack hitters with all of his pitches and not to change his approach when he puts batters on base.
"It's allowed me to just pitch and attack the zone without having to worry about mechanics," McGowan said.
McGowan said his win over the Yankees on May 28, in which he struck out seven and walked just one batter in seven 2/3 innings of the Jays 7-2 win, was when he "began to get it."
"After that, I've just been able to relax and pitch comfortably," McGowan said.
Up next: Litsch (5-7, 4.03) takes the mound when the Jays face the Devil Rays in a 1:40 p.m. ET contest on Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. The Rays counter with righty James Shields (11-8, 4.01).
Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.