SHOTLIST:

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

New York - January 30, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: Ronald Blum/AP Sports Writer

"The Miami New Times, this alternative paper down there, has published documents purporting to records from an anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Florida and that among the names listed in these records allegedly receiving performance enhancing drugs are baseball players such as alex rodriguez, melky cabrera, bartolo colon, nelson cruz and others."

2. SOUNDBITE: Ronald Blum/AP Sports Writer

"A Rod, who goes through agents and advisors like batting gloves, has hired this renowned attorney Roy Black and a new PR firm and we'll see where it goes from there. In the past, as you remember, he vehemently denied using performance enhancing drugs and then in 2009 after a Sports Illustrated article admitted that he used ped's from 2001 to 2003, he said he's not used them since 2003."

3. SOUNDBITE: Ronald Blum/AP Sports Writer

"I think the high command at the Yankees would hope that he could just vanish. Their dream would be that he does not come back from the January hip surgery and it's a career ending injury and they can have 85% of the $114 million dollars covered by insurance and possibly not have the 27.5 count against their luxury tax payroll. So in a best case scenario, I think the yankees view is that the injury is too much for him to overcome and he never takes the field again."

4. SOUNDBITE: Ronald Blum/AP Sports Writer

"Under baseball's collective bargaining agreement, discipline for drug offense is covered by the joint drug agreement which calls for a first offense, which this would be, a 50 game suspension. Anything beyond that would be attempted would likely be overturned by an arbitrator as double discipline."

5. File AP photos of Alex Rodriguez

STORYLINE:

Alex Rodriguez is in the middle of Major League Baseball's latest doping investigation. An alternative weekly newspaper in Miami reports baseball's highest-paid star is among the big leaguers listed in the records of a Florida clinic the paper says sold performance-enhancing drugs.

The Miami New Times says that the three-time AL MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances between 2009 and 2012 from a now-closed anti-aging clinic near Rodriguez's offseason home in south Florida.

A-Rod's new public relations firm issued a statement denying the allegations.

New Times says it obtained records detailing purchases by Rodriguez, 2012 All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera, 2005 AL Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon and 2011 AL championship series MVP Nelson Cruz of Texas, among others.

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