A-Rod shoots down report that he's been buying PEDs for year

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (David

Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (David Pokress) (Credit: Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (David Pokress))

A-Rod may in A-lotta trouble.

Major League Baseball said it will be looking into allegations that Alex Rodriguez and other big league players bought performance-enhance drugs from a Florida clinic.

MLB said it was "extremely disappointed" to hear any alleged links between players and banned drugs but was investigating the claims, published in the Miami New Times on Tuesday.

"We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game," the league said in a statement.

"We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete."

The Miami New Times named several players that it said had allegedly been sold human growth hormone, testosterone and anabolic steroids by the clinic's head, Anthony Bosch.

The newspaper said a former employee of the now defunct clinic provided handwritten medical records from the clinic that showed links between the players and banned drugs.

A-Rod and Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who was also named in the report, denied the allegations.

"The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez 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," Rodriguez's attorney said in a statement.

The Yankees wouldn't comment on the matter while it was being investigated.

"We fully support the (MLB) Commissioner's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. This matter is now in the hands of the commissioner's office. We will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded," the Yankees said in a statement.

The terse statement was noteworthy in that it didn't mention Rodriguez.

Another person with knowledge of the Yankees' thinking said the prevailing opinion within, given A-Rod's past, is "where there's smoke, there's fire."

Rodriguez faced that fire in 2009 when he admitted to using PEDs, but said it only occurred between 2001-03.

A-Rod made his confession in spring training 2009 and, according to the New Times story, began using again within a few months.

Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, banned from all MLB facilities in 2009 after supposedly acting as the third baseman's drug mule from '01-03, appears in the Biogenesis records as well, with one of them stating he paid Bosch $500 "for a weeklong supply of HGH" in '09.

Gonzalez denied the allegations against him on his Twitter account.

"I've never used performance enhancing drugs of any kind and I never will, I've never met or spoken with tony Bosch [sic] or used any substance," he tweeted.

The Texas Rangers issued a statement after the club's outfielder Nelson Cruz was also identified in the report.

"The Texas Rangers were contacted late last week by Miami New Times regarding the story posted this morning," the Rangers said in a statement.

"At that time, the Rangers contacted Major League Baseball on that inquiry. The team has no further comment."

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Tweet reactions
As news of A-Rod's alleged PED use broke, many took to Twitter to weigh in.

Donald Trump
@RealDonaldTrump A-Rod is now being investigated for continued doping ... @yankees have a great opportunity to dump him now. Go for it!

Alex Pareene
@Pareene if A-Rod was juicing again last season we now have objective proof that PEDs do not actually make you better at baseball

Wayne McDonnell, Jr. @wmcdonn25
Rodriguez's career and accomplishments were tainted for me since he had announced that he had used PED's from 2001 - 2003. (amNY)

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