A-Rod's cousin set to plead guilty in Florida steroids case

MIAMI (AP) A cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to plead guilty to drug charges, the last defendant whose case is pending in the federal government's Biogenesis of America investigation.

New court documents show that Yuri Sucart will change his plea at a hearing next Friday before U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga. Sucart is charged in a seven-count indictment with testosterone distribution and conspiracy to distribute the performance-enhancing substance.

Sucart was among those charged in connection with the now-closed Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables operated by Anthony Bosch, who posed as a doctor. Baseball's investigation esulted in the suspensions of 14 players, including Rodriguez for all of last season.

Bosch and the others have pleaded guilty. Bosch received the longest sentence at four years in prison.

If Sucart pleads guilty, Rodriguez would not have to testify in open court.

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