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Aug 19 (The Sports Xchange) - New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez paid for Anthony Bosch's attorney and a second payment was sent back, according to ESPN.

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After Rodriguez made a wire transfer, he later attempted another one for nearly $50,000 that was not accepted.

The second transfer was described by one of Rodriguez's former attorneys as a mistake and is being used as evidence by Major League Baseball in its investigation of Biogenesis. The league is using the rejected payment to show proof that Rodriguez tried to interfere with its investigation.

A spokesperson for Bosch's attorney, Susy Ribero-Ayala, said in a statement that Rodriguez paid her a $25,000 retainer to defend Bosch.

Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension from MLB.

Rodriguez's current attorney, Joseph Tacopina, told NBC's "Today Show" that the Yankees hid results of an MRI in October that revealed Rodriguez had a torn hip socket.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the training staff "did everything they possibly can to assist Alex".

Matt Lauer of the "Today Show" told Tacopina that MLB sent him a letter indicating that the league is willing to waive the confidentiality clause in its Joint Drug Agreement so that both sides could release medical information about Rodriguez.

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Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun called several players privately to try to drum up support from them before he successfully appealed a PED-related suspension in February 2012, ESPN The Magazine reported.

Braun reportedly told players that he had information about Dino Laurenzi Jr., the person who collected his urine sample that led to the positive test.

Braun, who is Jewish, told players that Laurenzi was an anti-Semite. He also said that Laurenzi was a fan of the Chicago Cubs, a division rival of the Brewers.

Fearing he may lose the appeal, Braun privately called players to get support from them. However, Braun ended up winning his appeal.

Braun recently accepted a 65-game ban in connection with the Biogenesis PED scandal.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will activate reliever Brian Wilson for Monday's game against the Miami Marlins, according to Fox Sports.

Wilson, 31, signed a one-year contract with the Dodgers in July. He has been out the past two seasons while recovering from a second Tommy John surgery. He was the San Francisco Giants closer before he was injured.

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The Boston Red Sox are calling up their top prospect, shortstop Xander Bogaerts, according to Boston radio station 93.7 WEEI.

Bogaerts, 20, is batting .297 with a .388 on-base percentage this year combined between Class AA Portland and Class AAA Pawtucket.

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