Alex Rodriguez, others suspended by MLB for drugs

Alex Rodriguez, others suspended by MLB for drugs

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Alex Rodriguez, others suspended by MLB for drugs

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 3:17 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece Monday when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players in a drug case -- the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago.  

Ryan Braun's 65-game suspension last month and previous punishments bring to 18 the total number of players disciplined for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.  

The harshest penalty was reserved for Rodriguez, a three-time Most Valuable Player and baseball's highest-paid star. His suspension covers 211 games, starting Thursday, and he is expected to appeal.  

The New York Yankees slugger admitted four years ago that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has repeatedly denied using them since.  

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