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Posted: Monday, February 18, 2008 11:08 pm | Updated: 9:55 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Hank Steinbrenner insists baseball is being picked on for its trouble with performance-enhancing drugs, and claims the problem is bigger in football.

“I don’t like baseball being singled out,” the New York Yankees senior vice president said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Monday night from training camp in Tampa, Fla. “Everybody that knows sports knows football is tailor-made for performance-enhancing drugs. I don’t know how they managed to skate by. It irritates me. Don’t tell me it’s not more prevalent. The number in football is at least twice as many. Look at the speed and size of those players.”

BLUE JAYS

Toronto center fielder Vernon Wells said his left shoulder is feeling close to “100 percent” after surgery last September shortened his worst season as a pro.

Wells had surgery Sept. 25 to remove a cyst and repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

The shoulder bothered him most of the season.

He hit .245 with 16 homers and 80 RBIs, a significant drop from his 2006 numbers (.303, 32 HRs, 106 RBIs).

Wells is a career .281 hitter with 157 home runs.

RED SOX

Curt Schilling finally faced reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. — and an uncertain future.

If the shoulder rehabilitation he reluctantly agreed to fails, he knows his brilliant career could be over.

The one-time Boston ace also denied he was hurt when he signed an $8 million contract last November.

Speaking publicly for the first time about his preference for surgery, the 41-year-old right-hander said he had to follow the team’s insistence on rehab because he is under contract.

“I don’t have any choice. If their course of action doesn’t work I don’t pitch this year, and I may never pitch again,” Schilling said.

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