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Alex Rodriguez files lawsuit over 2014 season doping ban

NEW YORK -- Embattled New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and its players union Monday in a bid to overturn a 162-game doping ban.

The 42-page filing in U.S. District Court in Manhattan claims arbitrator Fredric Horowitz showed partiality in only trimming what had been a 211-game ban to 162 games plus playoffs, suspending the sport's highest-paid player for the entire 2014 season.

The ban is still the longest doping-related suspension in major league history, longer than the 12 players who admitted wrongdoing in the Biogenesis doping scandal because Major League Baseball said Rodriguez took steps to impede the investigation into his use of banned substances.

Rodriguez, a three-time American League Most Valuable Player, also says the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) did not fairly represent him in the arbitration process, which both the union and the league say is the final word on the matter based on the union agreement with club owners.

The lawsuit claimed it was harmed by "harassing and unethical investigatory conduct perpetrated by MLB" during its investigation and the union did not back Rodriguez.

"In the face of such overwhelming wrongdoing by MLB and in response to Mr. Rodriguez's pleas, MLBPA took no action to stem MLB's rampant misconduct with respect to the Biogenesis suit," the lawsuit said.

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