New York Yankees: When your nickname is "Godzilla" and you've established a reputation as a 50-homer guy, it must be a little damaging to the ego to hit just 16 homers and post a slugging average of .435. With that in mind, leftfielder Hideki Matsui showed up in camp yesterday sporting an extra five or six pounds of muscle, reports Sam Borden of the New York Daily News. He suggests that the star of the Japanese leagues could be batting as low as eighth this year, given the All-Star-heavy lineup. Meanwhile, Gary Sheffield wants it to be known that he has come by his bulk honestly and is willing to be tested to prove as much. Dan Graziano of the Newark Star-Ledger writes that Sheffield wants to clear his name after being called on to testify in the hearings involving BALCO, a manufacturer suspected of providing steroids to professional athletes.
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