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A-Rod Vows To Fight Suspension

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NEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez is vowing to go to federal court to fight a drug suspension that would sideline him for the entire 2014 baseball season.
    
In a decision announced today, baseball arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled that the New York Yankees third baseman must sit out 162 games, down from the original 211-game suspension.
    
It's the most severe punishment in the history of baseball's drug agreement.
    
Rodriguez is the most high-profile player ensnared by baseball's drug rules, which were first agreed to in 2002 as management and union attempted to combat the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.
    
The 14-time All-Star admitted five years ago he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has denied using them since. He already sued MLB and Commissioner Bud Selig in October, claiming they are engaged in a "witch hunt" against him.
    
The three-time American League Most Valuable Player will lose just over $22 million of his $25 million salary.
 

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