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Alex Rodriguez admits to using PEDs to DEA as part of Biogenesis investigation, report says

Alex Rodriguez reportedly admitted to the DEA that

Alex Rodriguez reportedly admitted to the DEA that he used steroids. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jared Wickerham

Alex Rodriguez admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs between late 2010 and October 2012 in a sworn statement to Drug Enforcement Agency officials and prosecutors, according to a published report from the Miami Herald on Wednesday.

The Miami Herald said it reviewed a "15-page synopsis of Rodriguez's meeting with the feds, which took place on Jan. 29, 2014."

According to the report, Rodriguez admitted to paying around $12,000 a month to Anthony Bosch, owner of the now defunct Miami-based Biogenesis anti-aging clinic.

Rodriguez also said, according to the Miami Herald's review of his meeting with federal agents, that Bosch gave him pre-filled syringes for hormone injections into his stomach and did draw blood from him in the bathroom of a nightclub in South Beach, a point Bosch made on his "60 Minutes" interview.

Rodriguez has vehemently and publicly denied the accusations that he took banned substances provided for him by Bosch. Rodriguez appealed his record 211-game suspension levied upon him by Major League Baseball in 2013.

There has been no comment yet from Rodriguez's advisers, the Yankees or Major League Baseball.

That ban later was reduced to 162 games, which Rodriguez accepted and completed, sitting out the Yankees' 2014 season.

The third baseman came off MLB's suspended list after Game 7 of the World Series. He is owed $61 million on the final three years of his contract with the Yankees.

Rodriguez, the report says, admitted to purchasing testosterone cream, testosterone-laced lozenges and injections of human growth hormone from Bosch.

"Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery," the DEA report stated, according to the Miami Herald.

Rodriguez avoided detection by following Bosch's advice to use only "midstream urine for MLB drug testing," according to the Miami Herald. "Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream."

Rodriguez passed at least one drug test while on Bosch's regimen, the Herald reported.

Rodriguez played 221 games from 2011-12, batting .274 with a .357 on-base percentage, 38 doubles and 34 home runs. Rodriguez returned from offseason hip surgery in August 2013 and hit .244 with a .348 OBP and seven home runs during the season's final 44 games, all the while denying allegations of wrongdoing associated with MLB's Biogenesis investigation.

MLB suspended 14 players involved with Biogenesis in August 2013. Rodriguez, the highest profile name, was given the longest suspension and was the only player to appeal his ban.

According to a federal court filing on Monday, Rodriguez paid his cousin Yuri Sucart nearly $1 million in 2013 in the wake of a threat to reveal the "duties" that Sucart had performed at his request over the years.

These payments by Rodriguez were outlined by federal prosecutors to prove Sucart has the financial wherewithal to afford an attorney. Sucart faces steroid distribution charges related to his alleged role in the Biogenesis case and had requested a court-appointed attorney on hardship.

Federal prosecutors submitted an executed settlement agreement between Rodriguez and Sucart -- dated June 5, 2013 -- along with subsequent wire transfer receipts as evidence of the financial support that Rodriguez provided his cousin until late 2013.

With Jim Baumbach

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