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Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS, Oct. 13, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS, Oct. 13, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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The lawyer for Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez publicly called out the Yankees and Major League Baseball by accusing them improper conduct to ban Rodriguez and his large contract from baseball.

Joseph Tacopina, in an interview with The New York Times published online Saturday, levied a slew of allegations against Rodriguez’s team and league. Tacopina charged the Yankees’ treatment of Rodriguez’s left hip injury that required surgical repair in January and MLB investigators’ conduct in compiling the information for the 211-game suspension he is appealing.

Yankees President Randy Levine, who is the main target of Tacopina’s accusations, responded by challenging A-Rod’s lawyers to provide the truth about his performance-enhancing drug use and his connection to Canadian sports physician Anthony Galea.

Galea treated Rodriguez in 2009 and the Yankees only knew about A-Rod’s involvement with Galea after the physician got into trouble with law-enforcement officials.

Galea pleaded guilty last year to bringing unapproved drugs, including illegal performance enhancers, into the United States.

On Saturday after the Yankees’ 6-1 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Rodriguez deflected questions about Tacopina’s comments.

“I’m going to defer to my lawyer to go about these matters,” Rodriguez said. When asked if he had anything to hide -- Rodriguez told reporters inside the clubhouse, “No.”

A report in the NY Post says Tacopina claimed that, after the Yankees’ purposely didn’t tell A-Rod about the severity of his injury last October — “They rolled him out there like an invalid and made him look like he was finished as a ballplayer” — Levine told Bryan Kelly, who performed Rodriguez’s surgery, “I don’t ever want to see him on the field again.”

The Post says Kelly’s attorney didn’t confirm that he made that statement. Levine says that representatives of the team and A-Rod’s legal team were on calls and that the Yankees would gladly release their transcripts and notes with Rodriguez’s permission.

Tacopina has also questioned how legitimate MLB’s investigation is which has led to the suspension of 13 other players, including the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun (65 games) and A-Rod’s teammate Francisco Cervelli (50 games). Both players accepted their suspensions without appeal.

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