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Yankees’ A-Rod linked to PEDs again

Alex Rodriguez Yankees throws his bafter striking out eighth inning Friday June 17 2011 Wrigley Field Chicago. | John J.

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees throws his bat after striking out in the eighth inning Friday, June 17, 2011, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 2, 2013 7:19AM

NEW YORK — New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was ensnared in another doping investigation when an
alternative weekly newspaper Tuesday reported he was among a half-dozen players listed in records of a Florida clinic the paper said sold performance-enhancing drugs.

The Miami New Times said Rodriguez, a three-time American League most valuable player, bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.

Rodriguez’s new public-relations firm issued a statement denying the allegations, but reported the Yankees are expected to explore ways to void the remaining five years and $114 million on Rodriguez’s contract if the allegations prove to be true.

The paper said it obtained
records detailing purchases by Rodriguez; Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, the 2012 All-Star Game MVP; Oakland Athletics right-hander Bartolo
Colon, the 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner; Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz, the 2011 AL Championship Series MVP; Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez; and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Biogenesis, which the New Times said was run by Anthony Bosch, was located in a non-
descript office park. The former clinic no longer is listed as a business in its directory.

‘‘There was a flier put out by the building management a couple of weeks ago,’’ said Brad Nickel, who works for a cruise-planning company on the floor above where the clinic was located. ‘‘It was put on all the doors and windows of all the offices. It just said this guy’s not really a doctor, he doesn’t belong here, he’s no longer allowed here, call the police or the building management if you see him.’’

David Sierra, who works in his aunt’s real-estate office in the same building, kept a picture of the flier on his iPhone. He said he recognized the doctor in the picture from passing him in the hallway.

The New Times posted copies of what it said were Bosch’s handwritten records, which it obtained through a former Biogenesis
employee it didn’t identify. The paper said Rodriguez appears 16 times in the documents it received, either as ‘‘Alex Rodriguez,’’ ‘‘Alex Rod’’ or the nickname ‘‘Cacique,’’ a pre-Columbian Caribbean chief.

Rodriguez, who had surgery on his left hip Jan. 16 and is expected to be out at least until the All-Star break, admitted four years ago that he used PEDs in 2001-03.
Major League Baseball suspended Cabrera, Colon and Grandal for 50 games last season after they tested positive for elevated testosterone.

‘‘We are always extremely disappointed to learn of potential links between players and the use of performance-enhancing substances,’’ MLB said in a statement. ‘‘We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information.’’


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