New York Yankess' slugger Alex Rodriguez has been banned until the end of the 2014 season after being suspended for doping.
Rodriguez, baseball's highest paid star, is set to miss a total of 211 games for the Yankees after the 38-year-old was allegedly supplied performing-enhancing drugs.
The slugger is just one of 12 other players to have reportedly been supplied the drugs by a closed Florida clinic and has said he would appeal against the punishment.
In a news conference on Monday, the 38-year-old did not deny using the enhancing substances, saying he would address the issue another time.
"I'm sure there's been mistakes made along the way," he said to reporters. "We're here now.
"I'm a human being. I’ve had two hip surgeries. I've had two knee surgeries. I'm fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself no-one else will," he added.
Rodriguez was speaking just hours before taking to the field to take on the Chicago White Sox - the star can still compete while his challenge is being heard.
Other players to be suspended include the Texas Rangers' Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers and Everth Cabrera who plays for the San Diego Padres - who each have received a 50-match ban.
But the 38-year-old is the highest profile name to be under investigation for drug doping.
Major League Baseball, the sport's governing body, said Rodriguez has been suspended for "his use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years."
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