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Jays' Bautista deals with 'roids questions during HR tear wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- While putting together one of the most prolific home run-hitting seasons in baseball history, Toronto slugger Jose Bautista has had to deal with questions about performance-enhancing drugs.

Bautista began the day on Saturday with 54 home runs. It's the first time a player has topped 50 in a season since 2007.

Bautista's previous career high was 16 in 2006. That has prompted some skeptics to wonder if steroids have played a role in the increased production.

Bautista says absolutely not. He says he has made subtle changes in his approach at the plate and is seeing better pitches after being put in the No. 3 spot in the batting order. He says he understands why people would wonder, but remains adamant that he does not use steroids.

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