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A day after Alex Rodriguez was linked to steroids, another all-staroffered this suggestion: Make public the entire list of players whofailed drug tests.

A day after Alex Rodriguez was linked to steroids, another all-star offered this suggestion: Make public the entire list of players who failed drug tests.

“I’d be all for the 104 positives being named, and the game moving on if that is at all possible,” former Boston ace Curt Schilling wrote on his blog Sunday.

“In my opinion, if you don’t do that, then the other 600-700 players are going to be guilty by association, forever,” he wrote.

“It appears that not only was it 104, but three of the greatest of our, or any, generation appear to be on top of this list.”

Rodriguez joined Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens on an ever-growing list of stars tainted by the steroids era scandal. Sports Illustrated reported Saturday the Yankees slugger, already dubbed “A-Roid” in the tabloids, tested positive for two steroids in 2003.

Rodriguez, the players’ union and Major League Baseball were mum yesterday.

“Alex has been out of the country. I expect him back later today and want to confer with my client before saying anything,” agent Scott Boras said.

Meanwhile, one recently retired player wanted to know how Rodriguez’s name got out.

Sean Casey, who spent last season with the Red Sox, said he felt violated by the leak.

“A little bit, because it was supposed to be a survey test and those results were supposed to be confidential,” he said. “The only reason we opened up the collective bargaining agreement was on those terms.”

The list was compiled from 2003 tests, conducted by baseball to see whether the sport had a problem with drugs. No penalties were to be imposed for a positive test, and the results were supposed to be remain anonymous. Many players seemed to believe the samples would be destroyed.

Casey said he wouldn’t be surprised if more names were revealed, “especially because of the witch hunt with Bonds and Clemens.”

Rodriguez has always denied using performance-enhancing drugs. When he was approached by SI last week about the allegations, he said, “You’ll have to talk to the union.”

Union head Donald Fehr declined comment yesterday.

 
 
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