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Rick Ankiel, photographed in February 2007.
Rick Ankiel, photographed in February 2007. Doug Benc/Getty Images
Rick Ankiel of the St. Louis Cardinals — a pitcher who became a slugging outfielder after a long stint in the minors — has admitted taking human growth hormone during his uphill comeback. But let's give him a break — even a batter who lifts weights and takes protein supplements still has to connect to hit home runs.