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Dodgers acquire Michael Young

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired infielder Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a minor-league pitcher, the teams announced Saturday night.

The Dodgers plan on using Young, 36, as a bench player who can spell third baseman Juan Uribe and first baseman Adrian Gonzalez as well as pinch hit. He is batting .272 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs this season.The Phillies will receive minor league left-hander Rob Rasmussen, who is 3-4 with a 2.55 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga.

Young’s postseason experience and reputation as a team leader appealed to the Dodgers.

“I think he’s a professional player that’s got a chance to help us,” said Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. “We’ve got a long way to go and, when you can add people this time of year who bring what he brings, you act. We’ve gone for it, we’ll continue to go for it.”

The Dodgers will owe Young about $1 million of his $16 million salary. They received cash from Philadelphia, the same, prorated amount the Texas Rangers were paying of Young’s salary. He is a free agent after the season.

The deal was finalized about 15 minutes before Saturday night’s deadline for players to be eligible for the postseason roster.

Young, who reportedly cleared waivers earlier this month, has a full no-trade clause, and said before the July 31 trade deadline he was only willing to waive it for a return to the Texas Rangers. But he softened that stance when the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were rumored to have interest. He is a native of Covina, Calif., about 20 miles east of Dodger Stadium.

“This is a guy that can hit. He makes us stronger, gives us more options,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “What we’re doing is working. We like the guys that we have. Michael just adds to it.”

The Dodgers went into this season with Luis Cruz as their everyday third baseman, but abandoned that plan when Cruz batted .127 in 45 games for them. Uribe inherited the job and had helped stabilize the left side of the Dodgers infield by playing excellent defense while batting .268 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs going into Saturday.

“I’m not mad,” Uribe said. “I came into the year without a position. I do my job and play when the manager tells me to play.”

Young and Uribe went into Friday night with the identical OPS of .722, but Uribe is a superior defender.

To make room on their 40-man roster, the Dodgers transferred pitcher Josh Beckett to the 60-day disabled list.

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Albert Pujols done for season

Albert Pujols finally agreed he should wait till next year.

Pujols will miss the rest of the season to rest his injured left foot, the Los Angeles Angels announced Monday.

The $240 million slugger gave up his hope to play again next month when the team’s medical staff and front office advised him to avoid rushing back to the lineup late in the Angels’ dismal season. Pujols partially tore his left plantar fascia last month, and only recently got his foot out of a walking boot.While sitting out the past three weeks, Pujols repeatedly said he hoped to return at some point in September, even if the Angels remained hopelessly out of contention. He eventually acknowledged the plan made sense only as a salve to his pride.

“It’s not an easy decision, as competitive as I am,” Pujols said at his locker before the Angels opened a series against Cleveland. “But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season.”

The three-time NL MVP hasn’t played since July 26, when he partially tore his troublesome plantar fascia while running in Oakland. Pujols had been rehabilitating the injury with hopes of playing in September, but the struggling Angels’ inability to get into playoff contention made that plan increasingly pointless.

Pujols, who has 492 career homers and 1,498 RBIs, consulted with owner Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry Dipoto before agreeing to shut himself down for the season. Moreno still owes Pujols $212 million over the next eight years in the third-biggest contract in major league history.

“It was a decision of the organization, Arte and Jerry, because I don’t make a decision here,” said Pujols, who had career lows of 17 homers and 64 RBIs this year. “I put my uniform on and get ready to play. They said, ‘This is what’s best for the organization in the long run,’ and they came and brought it to me. And I just told them, ‘Whatever you guys want to do, I’m all for it.’ It’s definitely hard, as I want to be out there, but I also understand that I can’t be selfish and put myself out there.”

The injury has hindered Pujols all season, forcing the first baseman to be a designated hitter for 65 of his career-low 99 games. Pujols will finish with fewer than 30 homers for the first time in his remarkable 13-season career, along with career lows in batting average (.258), on-base percentage (.330) and slugging percentage (.437).

Pujols also had more than 150 hits in each of his first 12 seasons, ending the third-longest streak in modern history.

Those numbers aren’t exactly encouraging for a player who will be 34 years old in January — in fact, they’re a bit frightening. The Angels are determined to give Pujols every chance to get into ideal health for the spring.

“The doctors think it’s the best course of action,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “For Albert, everything would have to have been perfectly aligned for him to come back and play. I think by trying to get to that level, maybe there were some things that would have been at risk in setting the healing process back. I think that it’s a decision that everyone can be at peace with and get everyone ready for next year.”

Pujols has been diligent in his rehabilitation while still hoping to play this season. He even did 45 minutes of cardiovascular work Monday before announcing he was done for the year, and Scioscia is confident Pujols will be in top form by February when he reports to spring training in Tempe, Ariz.

It’s certain to be a long offseason for the Angels, all but certain to miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season despite their lavish payroll and sky-high expectations. Los Angeles has lost 23 of 34 heading into its series with the Indians, and most of Pujols’ teammates have been similarly disappointing.

Josh Hamilton, who got a five-year deal worth $125 million from Moreno, began the week batting a career-worst .230 with 19 homers, 60 RBIs and career lows in slugging percentage (.425) and on-base percentage (.285). The Angels’ starting rotation has one of the majors’ highest ERAs, while their bullpen is one of the majors’ worst — as is their team defense.

With everything going wrong for the Angels this summer, Pujols decided to try to make things right in 2014.

“Just look at it,” Pujols said. “Unless in two weeks something happens and we’re only two or three games out … is it worth it to come back and put yourself in a situation where you take that risk? Or just wait six or seven months and get yourself ready for spring training? That’s the decision we all came to.”

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Ryan Braun lobbied for support

When the Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun accepted his 65-game suspension in an agreement under the drug-testing agreement, there was a strong, angry reaction from other players.

Some of that may be because of phone calls Braun made in the days leading up to the decision of his appeal, in February 2012.According to sources, Braun called veteran players around baseball privately at that time to lobby for their support. In the calls — confirmed by three sources — Braun told other players that in the preparation for his appeal, some information had become known about the collector of his urine sample, Dino Laurenzi Jr., including that he was a Cubs fan — with the implication he might work against Braun, who played for a division rival of the Cubs.

Braun, who is Jewish, also told the players that he had been told the collector was an anti-Semite.

The sources indicate that when Braun made his pleas for support to other players, he did so in anticipation of the possibility that he would lose his appeal. Instead, Braun became the first player to win an appeal.

A person close to Braun forwarded this statement to ESPN: “Ryan isn’t currently commenting on anything — rumor or reality — related to his arbitration process or his suspension. He has acknowledged his mistakes, accepted his punishment, and is beginning to make amends and will comment at an appropriate time.”

After his victory was announced, Braun referred obtusely to Laurenzi Jr. in the statement he made to reporters, in which he raised questions about his positive test.

“When FedEx received the samples, it then creates a chain of custody at the FedEx location where he eventually brought my sample to,” Braun said in the statement. “It would have been stored in a temperature-controlled environment, and FedEx is used to handling clinical packaging. But most importantly, you then would become a number and no longer a name. So when we provide our samples, there is a number and no longer a name associated with the sample. That way there can’t be any bias — whether it’s with FedEx, while it’s traveling, at the lab in Montreal, in any way — based on somebody’s race, religion, ethnicity, what team they play for, whatever the case may be. As players, the confidentiality of this process is extremely important. It’s always been extremely important, because the only way for the process to succeed is for the confidentiality and the chain of custody to work.

“Why he didn’t bring it in, I don’t know. On the day that he did finally bring it in, FedEx opened at 7:30. Why didn’t he bring it in until 1:30? I can’t answer that question. Why was there zero documentation? What could have possibly happened to it during that 44-hour period? There were a lot of things that we learned about the collector, about the collection process, about the way that the entire thing worked that made us very concerned and very suspicious about what could have actually happened.”

Braun is expected to speak publicly for the first time since his drug suspension very soon, perhaps as soon as Monday. A source with knowledge of his thinking says Braun wants to make things right again.

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Lawyers: 2nd wire payment rejected

Alex Rodriguez paid for Tony Bosch’s attorney and later made a wire transfer for nearly $50,000 that Bosch’s attorney refused to accept, Bosch’s attorneys told “Outside the Lines” on Sunday.

The second transfer, described by one of Rodriguez’s former attorneys as a mistake, is part of Major League Baseball’s evidence that the New York Yankees’ third baseman attempted to tamper with the league’s Biogenesis investigation, several sources said.

A spokesperson for Bosch attorney Susy Ribero-Ayala said in a statement to “Outside the Lines” on Sunday that Rodriguez, currently appealing a 211-game suspension from MLB, paid her a $25,000 retainer to defend Bosch in February.
Bosch was the founder of the now-defunct Biogenesis clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., at the center of the league’s ongoing drug scandal.

“A retainer was paid (via wire transfer) by a representative of Alex Rodriquez (sic). Ms. Ribero-Ayala accepted this payment on behalf of Anthony Bosch as payment for his legal representation,” the statement says.

The statement says the second payment was unexpected.

“In April 2013, Ms. Ribero-Ayala received an unsolicited and unwarranted wire transfer from A-Rod Corp. The funds were immediately returned. Mr. Rodriquez (sic) does not have any involvement in Mr. Bosch’s legal representation.”

According to documents seen by “Outside the Lines,” the amount of the second transfer was for nearly $50,000, minus transfer fees.

MLB officials declined comment Sunday night. Representatives for Rodriguez did not return calls seeking comment.

The documents also show that Ribero-Ayala and Jared Lopez, a partner with Roy Black’s law firm in Miami, exchanged emails discussing the wire transfer. Black’s firm was representing Rodriguez at the time.

According to the document, Ribero-Ayala said she had received the money and was unaware of any reason for it. Lopez responded that the money had been sent in error, and he asked that it be returned. It was.

Black’s firm no longer represents Rodriguez, and Lopez could not be reached Sunday night. The documents and the statement from Ribero-Ayala’s office appear to contradict earlier reports that Bosch sought to “shake down” Rodriguez for money before agreeing to cooperate with MLB’s investigation in June. Instead, several sources familiar with the case said, investigators have said they believe Rodriguez paid for Bosch’s attorney and sent the second payment in order to prevent him from providing evidence or testimony against Rodriguez.

At best, sources said, the evidence suggests failed negotiations between the two parties. MLB suspended Rodriguez along with 13 other major league players for their connection to Bosch and Biogenesis, but Rodriguez, who was given the harshest penalty of the group, is the only one appealing his suspension.

The longest suspension for any other player was 65 games for Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers. But because MLB accused Rodriguez of tampering with Bosch and obtaining Biogenesis documents for the purpose of keeping them from investigators, he was given the 211-game suspension.

Rodriguez and his attorneys have denied the charges and are fighting the suspension through arbitration.

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MLB to expand instant replay in 2014

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — Calling it a historic moment, Commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday that Major League Baseball plans to expand its video review process next season, giving managers a tool they’ve never had in an effort to dramatically reduce the number of incorrect calls made in games.

Selig made the announcement after two days of meetings with representatives of the 30 teams. The proposal is to be voted on by the owners in November.

“I’m proud of them,” Selig said of the replay committee. “It’s worked out remarkably well. It’s historic. There’s no question about it.”A 75 percent vote by the owners is needed for approval and the players’ association and umpires would have to agree to any changes to the current system.

MLB vice president Joe Torre gave the replay presentation to representatives from all 30 teams on Wednesday and it was discussed Thursday morning.

Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, a member of the replay committee along with Torre and former manager Tony La Russa, said the umpires were receptive to the change. Schuerholz said 89 percent of incorrect calls made in the past will be reviewable, but he did not provide a list.

Umpires have come under increased scrutiny following several missed calls this season.

“We believe this will be very impactful and very, very meaningful and useful for all sides,” Schuerholz said. “Managers will have a new tool that they’ll have to learn how to use.”

Managers will be allowed one challenge over the first six innings of a game and two from the seventh inning until the completion of the game. Calls that are challenged will be reviewed by a crew in MLB headquarters in New York City, which will make a final ruling.

A manager who sees a call he feels is incorrect can file a challenge with the crew chief or home plate umpire. Only reviewable plays can be challenged. Non-reviewable plays can still be argued by managers, who can request that the umpires discuss it to see if another member of the crew saw the play differently. Reviewable plays cannot be argued by the manager.

Challenges not used in the first six innings will not carry over, and a manager who wins a challenge will retain it.The home run replay rules currently in use will be grandfathered in to the new system, Schuerholz said.

MLB expects to use the new system in the 2014 playoffs, and the system could be enhanced in the postseason. Training sessions for umpires will start in the Arizona Fall League this winter and continue into spring training.

“We know we have to prepare people for this,” Schuerholz said. “Everyone is embracing it. We believe managers will in time.”

Schuerholz said after the first year MLB will look at what worked and what didn’t and make adjustments for 2015.

“It’s going to take some time,” he said.

One of Selig’s major concerns was the possible slowing of games. Schuerholz said with a direct line of communication between the central office and the ballparks the expectation is that replays under the new system will take 1 minute, 15 seconds. Current replays average just over 3 minutes.

“We want to prevent stalling,” Schuerholz said. “If it’s a reviewable play, he (the manager) has to tell the umpires he’s going to review it.”

LaTroy Hawkins of the New York Mets said he didn’t understand the timing of the announcement, since players and umpires still have to approve the changes.

“I don’t know what was the purpose of making an announcement,” Hawkins said. “Three parties have got to agree if I’m not mistaken, so what’s the purpose of making an announcement? Trying to put public pressure on us? No, it doesn’t work like that.”

In other matters, Selig said baseball’s investigation of Biogenesis, the now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs, has been completed.

Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 and All-Stars Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta and Everth Cabrera were banned 50 games apiece on Aug. 5 when Major League Baseball disciplined 13 players for their relationship to Biogenesis. Rodriguez has appealed his suspension.

Selig also called the Tampa Bay Rays stadium situation “very, very discouraging.”

“Baseball needs a resolution to this problem,” Selig said with Stuart Sternberg, principal owner of the Rays, in the room listening. “I find it a very, very troubling situation. We were optimistic this was moving in a very positive direction. Unfortunately, it’s stalled.”

Selig said the situation was serious enough that he was giving “very strong consideration to assigning someone from MLB to intervene in this process, find out exactly what the hell is going on.”

“They’ve been a model organization, extraordinarily capable,” Selig said. “They’ve done everything in their power to make their ballpark situation work. Years have ticked by now with no tangible progress.”

The team is obligated to play at outdated Tropicana Field through 2027 and is averaging just over 13,000 fans a game this season. The low attendance figures have led to the Rays receiving millions of dollars in revenue sharing.

“Without that, we wouldn’t be able to compete,” Sternberg said. “The other owners are looking at it. How many years is this going to be? How much money is it going to be? We should be able to get to the point where the revenue sharing dollars we would receive don’t need to be so significant year in and year out.”

Relocating is not on the table, Sternberg said.

“Frankly, I haven’t been able to get this (new stadium deal) done,” Sternberg said. “Something needs to be done and nothing’s happening. We’ve got an enormous following, but something is clearly stopping people from coming through our doors. This isn’t a one- or two-year thing. Even the economy has picked up a bit and our attendance has gone down.”

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Remy’s son faces murder charge

WALTHAM, Mass. — The son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy was arrested on a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, hours after he was released from custody in an assault case against her.

Jared Remy was scheduled to be arraigned Friday in the death of Jennifer Martel, 27, at a Waltham apartment complex Thursday night, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said.

Remy was released on personal recognizance Wednesday in an open assault and battery case in which Martel was the alleged victim, Ryan said. There was no active restraining order against him, she said.

Police went to the Windsor Village apartment just west of Boston just before 10 p.m. Thursday in response to multiple 911 calls, Ryan said, and found Martel in an outside patio area with multiple stab wounds.

Jared Remy was arrested at the scene. It’s unclear if he has an attorney.

He suffered an unspecified injury that wasn’t self-inflicted, authorities said. He was taken to a hospital and released to await arraignment, officials said.

Martel’s child in the apartment was unhurt and is now in the custody of state child welfare officials. It was unclear if Remy was the father, Ryan said.

Jerry Remy is a former Red Sox second baseman who has been a color analyst on team broadcasts on the New England Sports Network since 1988. He has struggled with health problems in recent years.

Jared Remy is a former Red Sox security staffer who was fired by the team in 2008 during a steroid investigation.

Calls to NESN and the Red Sox were not immediately returned.

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A-Rod members leaked names

Members of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez’s inner circle leaked the names of Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun and his own teammate Francisco Cervelli to the media in the Biogenesis scandal, according to a report by “60 Minutes.”

The leak came days after the Miami New Times published redacted documents from Biogenesis founder Anthony Bosch that revealed comprehensive doping regimens for professional athletes including Rodriguez.Members of Rodriguez’s camp obtained unredacted versions of the documents that contained Braun and Cervelli’s names and sent them to Yahoo! Sports, according to two sources with direct knowledge of the matter. Yahoo! first reported Braun’s and Cervelli’s involvement with Biogenesis.

Rodriguez’s lead attorney, David Cornwell, released a statement Friday morning denying the latest allegations:

“These allegations are untrue and are another attempt to harm Alex, this time by driving a wedge between him and other players in the league,” Cornwell said. “While Alex focuses on baseball and repeatedly states that he is going to respect the appeal process, the drumbeat of false allegations continues. These improper and viciously false leaks will not alter the fact that MLB exceeded its authority under the JDA [Joint Drug Agreement] and the 211 game [suspension] will not stand.”

MLB has evidence showing that Rodriguez obtained documents from the Biogenesis clinic, a key factor in MLB’s decision to hit Rodriguez with a 211-game suspension on Aug. 5, a source familiar with the league’s investigation told “Outside the Lines.” Former Biogenesis employee Porter Fischer has told ESPN that several boxes of clinic documents were stolen from his car in March, and some of that material was later sold to MLB. Friday, however, a source confirmed to OTL that MLB was indeed given evidence that Rodriguez had obtained some of those documents, which MLB is apparently prepared to argue was an attempt to prevent investigators from acquiring them. “Outside the Lines” has also reported that MLB obtained information that Rodriguez tried to interfere with at least one witness in the case.

Leaking the documents also would be seen as a violation of MLB’s rules. The league stipulates that information related to the Joint Drug Agreement remains strictly confidential.

In handing down the hefty suspension, it is also believed that the league was convinced that Rodriguez, who admitted PED use from 2001-03 while he played with the Rangers, is a habitual abuser of PEDs.

Braun (65 games) and Cervelli (50), along with 11 other players, have accepted suspensions for their roles in the Biogenesis scandal. However, Rodriguez is appealing his ban that was handed down by MLB commissioner Bud Selig.Rodriguez’s case is set to be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz in the coming weeks. In an interview last week, MLB Players Association head Michael Weiner said he will support Rodriguez’s appeal.

“We feel what he [Selig] did, frankly, was inappropriate and almost ridiculous,” Weiner said. “Look at the penalties that have been [given] out and cases that have been decided by the commissioner’s office along with the players’ association. Nothing comes close to 211 games.”

Selig defended Rodriguez’s suspension Thursday at the owners’ meetings in Cooperstown, N.Y.

“I spent many, many hours thinking about it,” he said. “Trying to be fair, trying to be logical and rational. And the one thing you learn in this job after 20-something years, I wouldn’t second-guess it today at all.

“I know why I did it, and what I did. I thought it was eminently fair then and I think it’s eminently fair today.”

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Police: Fan’s death was accidental

A lifelong Atlanta Braves fan who fell about 85 feet to his death at the team’s stadium was waiting out a rain delay in a smoking area and talking to his mother on the phone shortly before the accident.

Ronald Lee Homer Jr., 30, had just told his mother that the rain was letting up and he was about to head to his seat for the game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night. At least four witnesses told police that no one else was standing near him when he fell over a 42-inch high, fourth-level railing into a parking lot for players.

“He said `I love you mom, and I said `I love you too’ and that was it,” his mother, Connie Homer, said in an interview on Tuesday morning.

Police said the fall that occurred around 8:30 p.m. appears to have been an accident and there was no indication of foul play. A police report released Tuesday says Homer was unconscious and wasn’t breathing when paramedics arrived. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Homer didn’t appear to suffer any injuries aside from ones that were associated with his fall, Fulton County Medical Office investigators said in a release. He died of blunt force trauma. Toxicology tests were pending.

The frequency of such falls around the country — including two others in Atlanta in the past year — raises the question of whether stadiums are safe enough.

The Braves play the Philadelphia Phillies at 7:10 p.m. Tuesday at Turner Field. A team spokeswoman declined to comment on the circumstances of Homer’s death, or whether safety changes were being made.

“We are saddened by this tragic incident and will continue our investigation along with the Atlanta Police Department,” Braves spokeswoman Beth Marshall said in a statement. She added that the team would observe a moment of silence before Tuesday evening’s game.

Connie Homer said her 6-foot-6 son followed the team through losing seasons as well as winning ones.

“It didn’t matter if they were winning, losing or what — he’s been a Braves fan forever,” she said.

Homer, who always wore a Braves baseball hat, went to three or four games a month and watched every game that was televised, his father Ronald Homer said.

“This this is going to hurt us for the rest of our life,” he said. “When you lose a kid, not only your kid but your best friend, too, it’s bad.”

Homer grew up in Conyers, Ga., and graduated in 2001 from Rockdale High School, where he was involved in student government. He was single, had one sister and did landscape work for a living.

“He was big hearted, just a great guy, very respectful,” his mother said.

Smoking is allowed in the area where Homer fell, which overlooks a parking lot used by Braves players. Though Connie Homer doesn’t know details of how her son fell, she said he was a smoker.

Connie Homer said she’s heard nothing from authorities as to what might have caused her son to fall.

“They called us up to the hospital and they told us he was gone,” she said. “The whole thing is surreal.”

Monday’s accident wasn’t the first fatal fall by a fan at Turner Field, and two other people fell from heights at the city’s pro football stadium in the past year.

Isaac Grubb, 20, of Lenoir City, Tenn., died after falling over a railing at the Georgia Dome during a football game between Tennessee and North Carolina State on Aug. 31, 2012. Authorities said he landed on another man seated in the lower level, and that alcohol was involved.

A man fell about 25 feet over a staircase railing at a Georgia Tech-Miami football game in the Georgia Dome on Sept. 22, 2012 and was not seriously injured.

In May 2008, a 25-year-old Cumming, Ga. man suffered head injuries when he fell down a stairwell at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and the New York Mets and later died. Police found that alcohol was involved. The Braves have said the death was the first one at the park that didn’t involve a medical condition.

Turner Field became the Braves’ home in 1997, a year after serving as the site of events for the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Homer’s father said the stadium should have been designed to prevent such falls.

“I would like to see the building built to prevent something like this happening to another family,” he said. “It should have been better engineered from the jump-street when they built that stadium.”

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MLB suspends 13, including A-Rod

Major League Baseball came down heavy Monday on the players it found to have been involved with the South Florida clinic Biogenesis, suspending Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season and banning 12 others for 50 games, including three All-Stars: Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers.
MLB commissioner Bud Selig, in two statements addressing Rodriguez’s discipline and a more general one on the state of baseball’s ant-drug program, said he was “proud of the comprehensive nature of our efforts — not only with regard to random testing, groundbreaking blood testing for human Growth Hormone and one of the most significant longitudinal profiling programs in the world, but also our investigative capabilities, which proved vital to the Biogenesis case.”

Selig said Rodriguez’s punishment will begin Thursday and cover the postseasons and was covered under the drug program’s protocols and Rodriguez’s “use and possession of numerous forms of prohibited performance-enhancing substances, including testosterone and human growth hormone, over the course of multiple years.

“Rodriguez’s discipline under the Basic Agreement is for attempting to cover-up his violations of the program by engaging in a course of conduct intended to obstruct and frustrate the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation,” Selig said in the statement.

Rodriguez is expected to appeal the suspension, equivalent to 211 regular-season games, and will be allowed to play until his appeal is heard.

“Under the terms of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Rodriguez’s suspension will be stayed until the completion of his appeal if Rodriguez files a grievance challenging his discipline,” Selig said.

The 12 other players agreed to deals for their suspensions in which they gave up the right to appeals. The other nine are:
• Antonio Bastardo, Phillies reliever

• Francisco Cervelli, Yankees catcher (on DL)

• Jordany Valdespin, Mets outfielder (minors)

• Jesus Montero, Mariners catcher (minors)

• Cesar Puello, Mets outfielder (minors)

• Sergio Escalona, Astros pitcher (minors)

• Fernando Martinez, Yankees outfielder (minors)

• Fautino De Los Santos, free-agent pitcher

• Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher

The players’ union made a late appeal to MLB for a deal for Rodriguez but was told there would be no more negotiations, sources told ESPN’s T.J. Quinn.

Beyond Rodriguez, the suspensions come with potentially stiff consequences for at least two of the players and their teams. Cruz, Cabrera and Peralta were each All-Stars this season, with Cruz’s Rangers and Peralta’s Detroit Tigers contending for playoff berths.

In a separate statement, Cruz said his punishment was a result of “an error in judgment that I deeply regret, and I accept full responsibility for that error,” saying he had been seriously ill in early 2012 with a gastrointestinal infection called helicobacter pylori that went undiagnosed for more than a month.
“I should have handled the situation differently, and my illness was no excuse,” Cruz said in the news release. “I am thankful for the unwavering support of my family, friends, and teammates during this difficult time. I look forward to regaining the trust and respect of the Rangers organization, my teammates, and the great Rangers’ fans, and I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin the team for the playoffs.”

Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun was the first player to reach an agreement with MLB on a suspension for his connection to the Biogenesis case. The 2011 NL MVP accepted a season-ending 65-game suspension last month.

The Yankees have said they expected Rodriguez to be accused of recruiting other athletes for the clinic, attempting to obstruct MLB’s investigation and not being truthful with MLB in the past when he discussed his relationship with Dr. Anthony Galea, who pleaded guilty two years ago to a federal charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States from Canada.

The Yankees also expected Rodriguez to be eligible to play Monday night, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney, because they expected his suspension to be tied solely to a drug-policy violation and thus eligible to be appealed.

Evan Longoria, the Tampa Bay Rays’ three-time All-Star third baseman, weighed in on the news of the suspensions via Twitter:

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Joe Girardi: A-Rod ‘penciled in’

He did use the phrase “penciled in,” but as of now, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he is planning on using Alex Rodriguez in his starting lineup when the Yankees open a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago Monday night.

Provided, of course, that his lightning-rod third baseman is available to him.”I think all of us are curious what’s going to happen, and is Alex going to be a player for us tomorrow, and what’s going to happen with the other guys that are involved in this?” Girardi said, referring to the suspensions expected to be handed down by MLB Monday in regards to the Biogenesis case. “[But] in my mind I have him penciled in there tomorrow.”

MLB planned an announcement around noon ET Monday, a person familiar with the deliberations told The Associated Press.

The Yankees expect Rodriguez to be eligible to play Monday night, sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney, because they expect his suspension to be tied solely to a drug-policy violation and thus eligible to be appealed.

There had been some thought that commissioner Bud Selig would try to suspend Rodriguez under the “best interests of baseball” clause, which would have made the suspension effective immediately.

Rodriguez has maintained that he would appeal any suspension under the MLB drug policy, which would make him eligible to play until such an appeal is heard.

Rodriguez’s suspension will likely run through the end of the 2014 season, sources told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Saturday. About 12 other players will also be suspended Monday, according to sources.

Barring an agreement, Rodriguez’s appeal would be heard by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.

Asked about his use of the word “penciled,” Girardi said, “That’s just a term. None of us use pencils or pens. We type.”

Then he added, “I’m not going to bring him up to sit him.”Rodriguez could help the Yankees’ struggling offense which could be without Derek Jeter who is dealing with a strained right calf.

“I would say we need him a lot,” said Robinson Cano. “If you can see, we don’t have Jeter right now and the only guy you have is (Alfonso) Soriano in the lineup, the only righty. Hopefully he comes back healthy and helps us win some games.”

Girardi said he had “talked” to Rodriguez after his final rehab game for Double-A Trenton, and that Rodriguez had “laughed” about his four walks in the game. It turned out, however, that the two had merely exchanged text messages, through which the manager said he was able to deduce that A-Rod was in “a good mood.”

“I told him, ‘Don’t wear yourself out today and I’ll see you [Monday],'” Girardi said.

Rodriguez conducted a private workout at Arm & Hammer Stadium in Trenton, N.J., for about 45 minutes late Sunday morning. He hit for about 20 minutes and then ran the bases. He left without speaking to reporters.

Reporters were not permitted in the stadium but confirmed that the embattled third baseman was working out by climbing the outfield fence and peeking over.

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