Alex Rodriguez: ‘I’m Fighting For My Life’

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was suspended Monday for 211 regular-season games through the 2014 season, but the 38-year-old slugger said he planned to appeal. Twelve other players have accepted 50-game suspensions without pay.

arodA-Rod and the other players are accused of having ties to the now-shuttered Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in south Florida and taking performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez has denied the accusation.

“I’m fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don’t defend myself, no one else will,” he told reporters after the league announced its decision Monday.

The last seven months have been a “nightmare,” he said.

It “has been probably the worst time of my life for sure,” said Rodriguez, “obviously for the circumstances that are at hand and also dealing with a very tough surgery and a rehab program, and being 38.”

Asked directly whether he had used performance-enhancing drugs, he declined — repeatedly — to comment.

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