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Alex Rodriguez puts end to non-baseball talk

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POSTED August 22, 2013 1:11 a.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez says he’s cutting off all non-baseball talk after a wild weekend of accusations and retaliations on and off the field.

Rodriguez is not in the New York Yankees’ lineup Wednesday night, a day after playing both games of a doubleheader.

The three-time MVP says he wants to put the focus solely on baseball while the Yankees make a push for a spot in the playoffs.

Over the weekend, Rodriguez said he asked the players’ union to file a grievance over his medical treatment. MLB responded by challenging him to make public the evidence that led to the 211-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.

A-Rod’s lawyer rejected the request.

On Sunday night, Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Boston’s Ryan Dempster then homered to start New York’s rally.

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