After declaring in no uncertain terms that he has never used any type of performance-enhancing drug, A-Rod said he had been tested "nine or 10 times" last season. The comment, meant to point out how stringent Major League Baseball's testing program had become, wound up causing speculation that Rodriguez may have flunked an amphetamine test.
As it turned out, Rodriguez says he was simply exaggerating the number of tests, as the Yankees later released a statement by him to clear up the issue.
"My quote from earlier today was taken literally," Rodriguez said. "I was not tested nine or 10 times last year. I was just using exaggeration to make a point.
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