Mar 27, 8:41 AM EDT

A-Rod cousin set to plead guilty in Florida steroids case


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MIAMI (AP) -- A guilty plea is set for a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in the federal investigation into performance-enhancing drugs illegally provided to athletes through a South Florida clinic.

U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga scheduled a Friday afternoon plea hearing for Yuri Sucart, the last remaining defendant in the Biogenesis of America case. Seven others, including former Biogenesis owner Anthony Bosch, have previously pleaded guilty and received sentences ranging from probation to four years in prison.

Sucart is charged in a seven-count indictment with testosterone distribution and conspiracy to distribute the performance-enhancing substance.

Baseball's investigation into use of banned substances resulted in the suspensions of 14 players, including Rodriguez for all of last season. A Sucart guilty plea means Rodriguez won't have to testify in open court.

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