Anti-doping chief alarmed at A-rod's alleged drug program

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by JOE TRAHAN

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Posted on January 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

While former Texas Rangers sluger Alex Rodriguez vows to fight seemingly everyone, the head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Wednesday his group has never seen anything like the regimen of banned substances A-Rod allegedly took.

Rodriguez is suing Major League Baseball and the players' union after an arbitrator decided on that 162-game suspension you've heard about.

Baseball says A-Rod paid Anthony Bosch — who ran the Biogenisis Clinic — $12,000 a month to create a complex protocol of steroids and banned substances — lozenges, shots, creams — taken at all times during the day and night.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart called it "probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we've ever seen."

Don Hooton, president of the Taylor Hooton Foundation, has worked with Rodriguez, who talked to youngsters about a dozen times on behalf of the organization. He told them about the dangers of steroids at the same time baseball says he was still using performance-enhancing drugs.

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