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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has suddenly ended his legal battles with Major League Baseball and the players' union on Friday.

He filed a notice with the court dismissing his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association.

Rodriguez had been seeking a dismissal of a reduced 162-game suspension handed down by Major League Baseball last month.

Rodriguez was suspended for 211 games on Aug. 5 for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. On Jan. 11, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reduced the penalty to 162 games plus the 2014 postseason.

Major League Baseball issued a statement in response to Rodriguez's move.

"We have been informed that Alex Rodriguez has reached the prudent decision to end all of the litigation related to the Biogenesis matter. We believe that Mr. Rodriguez's actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field and to all of the positive attributes and actions of his fellow Major League Players. We share that desire."

Rodriguez, 38, played in 44 games for the Yankees last season after undergoing two hip surgeries.

---Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPN radio that newly-acquired Japanese star pitcher Masahiro Tanaka has potential to be a No. 3 starter.

Tanaka, 25, recently signed a seven-year, $155 million deal with the team, which is the fifth-largest contract ever for a major-league pitcher and the biggest for an international player. He can opt out after four years.

"We view him to be a really, solid consistent No. 3 starter," Cashman said. "If we to get more than that, all the better. He's got a great deal of ability."

---The Arizona Diamondbacks reached agreement with free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo on a two-year contract with an option year, reported.

The contract calls for Arroyo to make $9.5 million in base salary in 2014 and in 2015, according to the report. The deal includes an $11 million club option for 2016 and a $4.5 million buyout. If the Diamondbacks do not exercise the option, Arroyo will get $23.5 million.

The right-handed Arroyo, who turns 37 later this month, was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA last season for the Cincinnati Reds.

---The Oakland A's signed center fielder Coco Crisp to a two-year contract extension, the team announced.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the deal is worth $22.75 million and includes a vesting option for a third year based on plate appearances.

Crisp had a batting line of .261/.335/.444 with 22 doubles, a career-high 22 home runs, 66 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in 131 games last year.

---A baseball signed by Babe Ruth during the 1926 World Series sold at an auction for $250,641 Thursday night.

The ball is considered one of the most famous because it was autographed by Ruth with a promise to hit a home run for an ailing 11-year-old boy.

It was sold by Grey Flannel Auctions. An official with the auction house told ESPN that the buyer requested to remain anonymous.

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