Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 1/29/13

An  explosive report in the Miami New Times Tuesday that claims Alex Rodriguez purchased illegal performance-enhancing drugs from an anti-aging clinic over the past four years has been challenged by the New York Yankees slugger. A spokesman for A-Rod denied the report — which included other athlete's names — hours after it was released this morning, according to The New York Post. "The news report about a purported relationship between Alex Rodriguez and Anthony Bosch are not true," Citrik and company incorporated said in a statement. "Alex Rodriguez  was not Mr. Bosch's's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him.  The purported documents referenced in the story — at least as they relate to Alex Rodriguez — are not legitimate." Rodriguez faces suspension by Major League Baseball if the evidence is authenticated.  MLB released a statement Tuesday after the story broke and said they are in the "midst of an investigation." The MLB statement read: "We have the best and most stringent drug testing policy in professional sports, we continue to work with our doctors and trainers to learn what they are seeing day-to-day and we educate our players about the game’s unbending zero-tolerance approach," the statement read. "We remain fully committed to following all leads and seeking the appropriate outcomes for all those who use, purchase and are involved in the distribution of banned substances, which have no place in our game. We are in the midst of an active investigation and are gathering and reviewing information. We will refrain from further comment until this process is complete.” The Yankees will not act upon the information until MLB has sorted it out, according to an industry source. "We fully support the Commissioner's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the team said in a statement.  "This matter is now in the hands of the Commissioner's Office. We will have no further comment until that investigation has concluded."

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