Court: A-Rod's cousin must comply

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MIAMI -- A Florida appeals court has ruled Major League Baseball can take a deposition from a cousin of Alex Rodriguez as part of the sport's lawsuit involving banned substances.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal in Miami ruled 3-0 on Wednesday that Rodriguez's cousin, Yuri Sucart, and another witness must submit to depositions. The court rejected arguments that baseball's case against Biogenesis of America and others belonged in federal rather than state court.

MLB claims that Biogenesis violated its agreements with players by providing them with banned performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez denies using banned substances and the players' union filed a grievance to overturn his unprecedented 211-game suspension, a case pending before an arbitrator. Thirteen players accepted suspensions of 50 to 65 games.

After Rodriguez in 2009 admitted using PEDs from 2001 to 2003 while with the Texas Rangers, media reports said Sucart obtained the substances for him.

Rodriguez has sued MLB over its investigation.

Judge Thomas Logue wrote the opinion after hearing the case with Judges Linda Ann Wells and Kevin Emas.