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Report: Rodriguez admitted steroid use to DEA

Newspaper details 15-page report of A-Rod's meeting with feds


Alex Rodriguez told DEA agents and federal prosecutors in January that he bought and used performance-enhancing drugs from Anthony Bosch, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

The newspaper reviewed a 15-page synopsis of the New York third baseman's meeting with federal agents, which took place on Jan 29, 2014.

Ever since the Biogenesis scandal broke and then yielded multiple suspensions in baseball in the summer of 2013, Rodriguez had vehemently denied the charges publicly.

According to the newspaper, in a Drug Enforcement Administration conference room back in January, facing federal agents and prosecutors who granted him immunity, baseball's highest-paid player admitted:

--He bought performance-enhancing drugs from Biogenesis of America, paying roughly $12,000 a month to Bosch, the fake doctor who owned the clinic.

--Bosch gave him pre-filled syringes for hormone injections into the ballplayer's stomach, and even drew blood from him in the men's room of a South Beach nightclub.

--Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, was his steroid go-to guy.

When the meeting with the feds was over, Rodriguez emerged from the Weston, Florida, conference room with his New York criminal defense lawyer, and has stood by his denials to this day.

His attorney, Joseph Tacopina, could not be reached for comment Wednesday morning.

Last week, Rodriguez finished serving his 162-game suspension -- reduced from the original 211 games.

After an arbitrator reduced his punishment on Jan. 11, 2014, Rodriguez issued a defiant statement:

"I have been clear that I did not use performance-enhancing substances ... and in order to prove it, I will take this fight to federal court."

But 18 days later, Rodriguez gave a sworn statement to the DEA and prosecutors that, between late 2010 and October 2012, he did use substances prohibited by Major League Baseball.

"Rodriguez injected the HGH into his stomach," the DEA report stated. "Rodriguez said Bosch told him the HGH would help with sleep, weight, hair growth, eyesight and muscle recovery."

According to the DEA report, Rodriguez also described how Bosch gave the ballplayer "tips on how to beat MLB's drug testing."

According to Rodriguez in the report, "Bosch advised him to only use mid-stream urine for MLB drug testing. Bosch told Rodriguez not to use the beginning or the end urine stream."

In all, 14 major leaguers were suspended for their links to Biogenesis.

The 39-year-old Rodriguez, a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, is still owed $61 million by the Yankees for the three years left on his $271 million contract.