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Report: Alex Rodriguez claims he was duped into taking PEDs

Alex Rodriguez's lawyer called MLB investigation 'unethical and despicable. (Elsa/Getty Images) Defense lawyers reportedly are arguing that Alex Rodriguez didn't know he was using illegal PEDs. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Alex Rodriguez's case before his Major League Baseball arbitration grievance hearing is partly based on his claim that he thought the substances he used from the Biogenesis clinic were legal supplements, according to a New York Daily News report.

Rodriguez and his attorneys are presenting his defense to a three-person panel that will rule on the 211-game suspension given by Major League Baseball. That defense goes against testimony given on Monday and Tuesday by the clinic's founder, Anthony Bosch.

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The report says that Bosch, a MLB collaborator and main witness, has attempted to validate Biogenesis documents and his own electronic communications with Rodriguez in a dealer-source relationship that challenges his claim of innocence:

If the Biogenesis products were legitimate, MLB argues, why were they so expensive and why were the transactions so secretive?

Attorneys for Rodriguez could get their first opportunity to cross-examine Bosch on Wednesday.

On Monday, the Daily News reported  that Florida prosecutors have launched an investigation into Bosch and his Biogenesis clinic and have issued subpoenas for documents and other “material issues."

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