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Alex Rodriguez announced Friday that he will drop a trio of lawsuits intended to protest his 162-game suspension. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)closemore
Alex Rodriguez announced Friday that he will drop a trio of lawsuits intended to protest his 162-game suspension. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Late Friday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez, late of the New York Yankees, withdrew the lawsuits he had filed against Major League Baseball, Commissioner Bud Selig, and the Players' Association.

Rodriguez filed the suits just under a month ago, after arbitrator Frederic Horowitz had reduced to 162 games the 211 game suspension Commissioner Selig had imposed on Rodriguez in connection with charges that he'd used performance enhancing drugs and impeded MLB's investigation into the Florida clinic Rodriguez had patronized.

The Player's Association characterized Rodriguez's decision as "in everyone's best interest." In a Friday statement, Major League Baseball said "We believe that Mr. Rodriguez's actions show his desire to return the focus to the play of our great game on the field."

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