Major League Baseball suspends Alex Rodriguez through 2014

NEW YORK – was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars , and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 apiece Monday when disciplined 13 players in a – the most sweeping punishment since the Black Sox scandal nearly a century ago.

- last month and previous bring to 18 the total number of players disciplined for their relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.

The harshest penalty was reserved for Rodriguez, a three-time Most Valuable Player and baseball’s highest-paid star. His suspension covers 211 games, starting Thursday, and he is expected to appeal.

The slugger admitted four years ago that he used performance-enhancing drugs while with Texas from 2001-03 but has repeatedly denied using them since.

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