Chris Donnels
Steroid investigation deeply implicates Los Angeles Dodgers

Fans and teammates anointed him the "heart and soul" of the Dodgers, the late-blooming hard-charger whose 2004 trade stung like a betrayal to those who bleed blue. Now, the explosive report by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell on the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in baseball paints a much different picture of Paul Lo Duca. The All-Star catcher is described in the document as the pivot man in the virus-like spread of steroids and human growth hormone through the team clubhouse, to the lockers and doorsteps of then-Dodgers Eric Gagne -- the beloved "Game Over" relief icon -- and pitcher Kevin Brown, and even to the former minor league franchise in...