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Yanks’ President Levine testifies in A-Rod hearing

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013 10:54 a.m. CDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees President Randy Levine testified at Alex Rodriguez’s grievance hearing and denied conspiring with Major League Baseball on the 211-game suspension given to the New York third baseman last summer.

On the 10th day of the hearing, which started in September, Levine was asked a series of questions by Rodriguez lawyer Joseph Tacopina, according to a person with knowledge of the proceeding.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the proceedings are confidential.

The person said Levine testified for 10-15 minutes and denied having any personal gain from Rodriguez’s suspension or the Yankees falling under the luxury tax threshold.

Levine also denied discussing Rodriguez’s discipline with Major League Baseball or Commissioner Bud Selig; and telling Rodriguez surgeon Dr. Bryan Kelly or anyone else that he wanted the player off the field.

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