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A-Rod reportedly sought Bosch's advice last year

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez allegedly reached out to Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch for help while struggling in last year's American League Championship Series, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Miami New Times.

Porter Fischer, a former business associate of Bosch's, told the weekly newspaper that Rodriguez had Bosch board a flight to Detroit for consultation during the postseason, when Rodriguez struggled and the Yankees were swept by the Tigers in four games.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said on Wednesday that he had no comment about the report.

Major League Baseball has been investigating potential connections between Rodriguez and approximately 20 other players to the Biogenesis clinic, which is no longer operational and was based in Coral Gables, Fla.

Rodriguez has previously said, through a spokesperson, that "he was not Mr. Bosch's patient, he was never treated by him and he was never advised by him," saying that any documents obtained by the Miami New Times are "not legitimate."

Hindered by what would later turn out to be a left hip injury that required surgery, Rodriguez did not start Games 3 and 4 of the ALCS. He went 3-for-25 (.120) with 12 strikeouts and no extra-base hits during the postseason.

Rodriguez has been working out at the Yankees' training facility in Tampa, Fla., and he's expected to begin hitting live pitching on Wednesday. The club has said it expects him to play at the Major League level after the All-Star break.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. David Wilson is an associate reporter for
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