Baseball Notable

A former New York Mets clubhouse employee pleaded guilty yesterday to distributing steroids to major-league players, and is cooperating with baseball's steroids investigation.

Kirk Radomski, 37, pleaded guilty in San Francisco to felony charges of distributing steroids and laundering money, charges that carry sentences of up to 25 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Prosecutor Matt Parrella declined to name Radomski's clients.

Curt Schilling offered $1 million to anyone who could prove it was not blood that blotted his famous sock in the 2004 playoffs in a blog on his Web site.

On Wednesday, Baltimore Orioles broadcaster Gary Thorne said Red Sox catcher Doug Mirabelli had told him that it was paint, not blood, and that it was done for a publicity stunt.

Mirabelli called that a lie, and Thorne said Thursday he had misreported what Mirabelli said.

Thorne did not immediately return a message left with his employer, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.

Cleveland Indians lefthander Arthur Rhodes, a former Phillie, will undergo elbow surgery and is done for the season.

The St. Louis Cardinals demoted fill-in starter Randy Keisler to triple-A Memphis, a day after the lefthander lasted only 31/3 innings in his latest outing.

Reliever Todd Coffey and the Cincinnati Reds agreed to a $925,000, one-year contract extension through the 2008 season.
Associated Press