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Baseball

A-Rod ends fight against MLB

– New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez dropped his lawsuits challenging his full-season suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs and claiming Major League Baseball used abusive tactics in investigating him.

The suspension will keep Rodriguez off the field until 2015, during which he will turn 40.

The 14-time All-Star was initially suspended in August after commissioner Bud Selig said he used testosterone and human growth hormone over multiple years and tried to obstruct its investigation of Biogenesis of America, a now-closed anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables, Fla.

Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

White Sox sign reliever Boggs

Reliever Mitchell Boggs and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.

A 29-year-old right-hander, Boggs helped St. Louis win the 2011 World Series title and was 4-1 with a 2.21 ERA in 78 relief appearances for the Cardinals in 2012.

He took over as the closer at the start of last season after Jason Motte got hurt, walked 15 in 14 2/3 innings as he converted two of five save chances.

Boggs was traded to Colorado in early July and bounced between the majors and three minor league teams. He wound up with an 0-3 record and 8.10 ERA in 27 appearances for St. Louis and Colorado.

He joins a new-look White Sox bullpen that includes Ronald Belisario and Scott Downs. Closer Addison Reed was traded to Arizona in December.

Around the leagues

Arizona and Bronson Arroyo agreed on a two-year contract with a club option for a third. The right-hander, who turns 37 in two weeks, pitched the last eight seasons with Cincinnati before becoming a free agent. Last year, Arroyo was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA. …

San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner and the Padres argued their cases at baseball’s first salary arbitration hearing in two years. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Cashner, 27, asked for a raise from $500,800 to $2.4 million. The Padres pushed for their figure of $2,275,000 during Friday’s session. The right-hander was 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 26 starts and five relief appearances last year. A decision by arbitrators Gil Vernon, Elizabeth Neumeister and Robert Herzog is expected this weekend. …

Milwaukee signed free agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez to a one-year contract. …

Center fielder Coco Crisp is staying with Oakland for an additional two seasons, agreeing to a new contract through 2016 that adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money.

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