A-Rod OK with MLB ban on cousin

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez defended having the cousin who supplied him with performance-enhancing drugs visit while the New York Yankees were on road trips.

Yuri Sucart was banned from the Yankees clubhouse, charter flights, bus and other team-related activities by Major League Baseball in 2009 after Rodriguez admitted he used steroids while with Texas from 2000-03, saying Sucart obtained and injected the drugs for him.

But according to published reports, Sucart was seen at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco after the Yankees' game with the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. The reports said a team source indicated Sucart has been on other trips with Rodriguez.

MLB said on Thursday that the 48-year-old Sucart did not violate the ban and Rodriguez said Friday that no rules were broken.