By Daniel Bates
Published: 10:41 EDT, 16 August 2013 | Updated: 10:41 EDT, 16 August 2013>
Alex Rodriguez implicated one of his own Yankees teammates during the doping scandal that has tarnished baseball, according to reports.
Just days after he was first accused of using performance-enhancing drugs, A-Rod’s staff allegedly leaked documents relating to his team’s catcher Francisco Cervelli.
He is also accused of making public information relating to Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun in what appears to be a calculated attempt to deflect attention from himself.
The honeymoon ended quickly: What started out so promising, quickly became acrimonious as A-Rod's personal life soon became a major distraction for the team [caption]
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The claims are the latest insight into how Rodriguez has handled the scandal which led to him being suspended for 211 games for allegedly using performance enhancing drugs.
He has been condemned by fans and the MLB for appealing which has allowed him to carry on playing for the Yankees - sparking angry reaction from fans.
The other 13 players who were given bans, all but one for 50 games, have accepted their punishment.
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The new revelations could make it harder for Rodriguez to fight the ban as he has already been exposed for trying to buy medical records from Anthony Bosch, the head of the discredited Florida-based Biogenesis clinic which the MLB says was where the doping was carried out.
The accusations first emerged in the Miami New Times in February when it obtained redacted documents relating to Bosch’s activities.
60 Minutes , Rodriguez’s staff got hold of unredacted versions and leaked them to Yahoo! Sports.
Suspended: These 12 players accepted 50 game suspensions after being implicated in performance enhancing drug use. They are: (Top row, left to right) Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz, Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta, San Diego Padres' Everth Cabrera, New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli, Philadelphia Phillies' Antonio Bastardo and San Diego Padres' Fautino de los Santos. (Bottom row from left to right) Houston Astro's Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros' Fernando Martinez, now with the New York Yankees, Seattle Mariners' Jesus Montero, New York Mets' Cesar Puello, New York Mets' Jordan Valdespin and Oakland Athletics' Jordan Norberto
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The unredacted documents also implicated Baltimore Oriole Danny Valencia, though he was later cleared of doping.
Leaking such documents would be a breach of the MLB’s rules as information relating to its investigation should remain confidential.
Rodriguez, 38, is already becoming a hate figure among fans and at a recent game in Chicago was booed with one man holding up a sign which read: ‘A-Rod. A-Bum’
Yankees fans are also concerned he will prove an embarrassment as the season goes on, especially as he is on 10-year, $275million contract that will see him play for the team through the 2016 season.
Rodriguez has previously admitted to using performance enhancing drugs between 2001 and 2003 when he played with the Texas Rangers.
The honeymoon ended quickly: What started out so promising, quickly became acrimonious as A-Rod's personal life soon became a major distraction for the team
In his latest comments on the scandal, MLB commissioner Bud Siegel said that he was ‘very comfortable’ with the way its investigation had gone.
He said: ‘I have a job to do, and the job is to protect the integrity of the sport and enforce our program, and that's what I'm going to do.
‘We made a commitment, and I made a commitment to a lot of people and a lot of entities, that we would do everything we can to clean up this sport. We have, we will and we will continue to do so.’
Rodriguez has consistently denied using banned drugs linked to Bosch and says he has never been treated by him.
In a statement his’ lawyer David Cornwell said: ‘The allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex - this time by driving a wedge between Alex and other players in the game.
'While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues.’
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