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Report: Rodriguez, MLB paid for evidence

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According to a report in the New York Post, the major news to come out of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez's appeal hearing against Major League Baseball's 211 game ban is damaging to both sides.

The Post reports that one source said MLB paid $125,000 in cash for documents from the now-closed South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis while a second source said Rodriguez's side admitted to paying for Biogenesis evidence as well.

A third Post source refutes the second source, saying Rodriguez acquired copies of the Biogenesis information only recently.

MLB's suspension of Rodriguez -- as well as of 13 other players -- was based on connections to Biogenesis. The league initially punished Rodriguez following its investigation of Biogenesis, alleging the third baseman violated the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.

MLB completed its argument Friday, with Rodriguez's legal team getting a chance to call witnesses when the hearing resumes in about a month.
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