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Jose Bautista’s drug testing seems something less than random

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CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 9: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a solo home run during the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on July 9, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

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Interesting story brought to my attention from reader Troy. It’s from the Dominican newspaper Hoy. And because I forgot all that Spanish I knew 20 years ago, I’m using Google translate to read it.

But the upshot: Bautista spoke at a banquet the other night and noted that in the past two years -- the two years which coincided with his tremendous uptick in homers -- he has been given sixteen drug tests. In the two years before that he had three total. So I would guess that it’s safe to say that the random drug testing thing has been something less than random in his case.

Now, the real test: given how often Bautista has been tested, if he has 19 homers in late May, can random columnists resist the urge to write that “it’s impossible not to be suspicious” column once again? Or is there nothing that will stop that?