A-Rod Accused of PED Use But Yankees Player Denies Claims

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New York Yankees player Alex Rodriguez is under investigation for the use of performance enhancement drugs, according to Miami New Times.

The 37-year-old reportedly purchased human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances during 2009-12 from Biogenesis of America LLC, a former anti-aging clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., a few miles from Rodriguez's offseason home.

The clinic operated by Anthony Bosch also prescribed Manny Ramirez HCG when he tested positive for the female fertility drug while with the Dodgers in 2009, the report added.

Rodriguez's public relations firm released the following statement, saying reports about the player's connection to banned drugs are false:

"The news report about a purported relationship Alex Rodriquez and Anthony Bosch are not true. Alex Rodriguez was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him. The purported documents referenced in the story-at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez-are not legitimate."

Times also cited obtained records detailing purchases from Bosch made by 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 Young Award winner Bartolo Colon, 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz, Washington pitcher Gio Gonzalez and San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal. Copies of what allegedly are Bosch's handwritten records were given to the newspaper from an anonymous Biogenesis employee.

Bosch's attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala,  released a statement saying the Times "is filled with inaccuracies, innuendo and misstatements of fact."

"Mr. Bosch vehemently denies the assertions that MLB players such as Alex Rodriguez and Gio Gonzalez were treated by or associated with him," she said.

Four years ago, Rodriguez admitted that he used PEDs from 2001-03.

USA Today reported that the New York Yankees will explore a possibility to end Rodriguez's contract with the team, according to a Yankees executive. If he retires, Rodriguez will free $114 million. 

''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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