PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Red Sox pitcher David Wells said Thursday a lie detector test may be the best method to show when Rafael Palmeiro used steroids. He also said Palmeiro’s accomplishments should be removed from baseball’s record books if he used them for a while.

“The best way to solve it is probably a lie detector test and put him on it and say, “How long have you been doing it, when did you take them, for what part of your career?” Wells said on WSKO radio in Providence.

“If he’s been doing it a while, then go ahead and erase (his accomplishments). It’s a shame to do it, but you know you have to do it.”

His remarks came one day after his Boston teammate, Curt Schilling, said on WEEI radio in Boston that Palmeiro has “no credibility” to talk about steroids, and the Baltimore first baseman’s achievements should be wiped from the record books. Those remarks echo those of Washington Nationals manager Frank Robinson, who hit 568 homers.

Palmeiro had 3,020 hits and 569 homers going into Baltimore’s game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. He was suspended earlier for 10 days for using steroids, and has claimed that he didn’t know how the drug got in his body. He has been advised by his attorneys not to comment on his situation until Congress concludes its investigation of his case.

“Personally, I liked him as a person,” Wells said. “He’s a great guy but he cheated and that doesn’t sit well with me.”

He also said he believes many players are still using steroids.

“There’s no question in my mind that there’s a lot of guys out there still that are probably on them,” Wells said. “I mean, they’re just playing Russian Roulette.”

He said he’s been tested for steroids three times this year “and, quite frankly, I’m starting to lose my cool.”

Wells added that testers should “go to the guys who have been losing weight dramatically, are not as big as they were last year, listen to their excuses” and test them.

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