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    Alex Rodriguez Drops Lawsuits

    NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on from the dugout in the eighth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 26, 2013 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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    The A-Rod battle has been surrendered. Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits against Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association, and Commissioner Bud Selig on Friday, agreeing to take a 162-game suspension for this year's season. The Yankee third baseman sued after his suspension was reduced from 211 to one full season due to "use and possession" of testosterone and other banned substances. "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," MLB said in a statement. "We share that desire.”

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