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USA TODAY Sports New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez will be suspended for the entire 2014 Major League Baseball season and playoffs for doping after an independent arbitrator rejected his appeal Jan. 11.

A-Rod asks federal judge to throw out suspension

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NEW YORK — Embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez asked a federal judge on Monday to throw out an arbitrator’s decision suspending him for the 2014 baseball season for doping, escalating a battle with Major League Baseball that shows no signs of abating.

In the petition, filed by Rodriguez’s attorneys at the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, they said arbitrator Fredric Horowitz exhibited “blatant partiality” toward MLB.

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