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MLB Strikes Back, Says A-Rod’s In Foul Territory

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By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) _ Major League Baseball calls Alex Rodriguez’s lawsuit against the sport a “clear violation” of the confidentiality provisions of the league’s drug program.

(See the story on A-Rod’s suit)

The New York Yankees third baseman sued MLB and baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday in state court in Manhattan, accusing them of a “witch hunt” to smear his reputation and cost him tens of millions of dollars.

In a statement Friday, MLB denied the allegations and called the lawsuit a “desperate attempt” to go around confidentiality rules of the league’s drug agreement with the players’ union.

In a statement of his own, Rodriguez said his legal team is doing what is necessary to vindicate him.

The union filed a grievance appealing Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.

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