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A-Rod calls accusations 'nonsense'
The Alex Rodriguez situation got heated Wednesday, when A-Rod stormed out of his own grievance hearing after hearing Bud Selig would not have to testify, then taking to the radio to release his anger. "I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after leaving the hearing. He called the Selig ruling "disgusting." He said he won't return. And of the 211-game suspension levied on him, he said: "I shouldn't even serve one inning." Will he?
Alex Rodriguez vs. MLB
Alex Rodriguez and MLB have been at odds for some time, and now the dispute is getting quite heated. MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred called Rodriguez's career "sad" and "tarnished" in response to a statement released by Rodriguez that criticized commissioner Bud Selig. Rodriguez is looking at a 211-game suspension that could spell the end of his time with the Yankees, if not his career in general.
Sunday night's shenanigans between the Red Sox and Yankees may be a memory, but Joe Girardi doesn't think the fight is over by a long shot. Girardi, who was ejected for arguing after Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch, called for Dempster to be suspended as a result of his actions. MLB agreed, handing down a five-game suspension and undisclosed fine for Dempster. Rodriguez has been hit twice since his return from the DL, but Girardi was worried that if Dempster hadn't been punished, pitchers could take it as a declaration of "open season" on the embattled slugger -- which would be a rather dangerous way of improving his OBP.
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A-Rod plunked in Yankees win
Alex Rodriguez is under all kinds of fire stemming from his alleged role in the Biogenesis scandal. His GM will barely talk to him. He's opened a grievance claim against his own team. He's been plunked by Ryan Dempster. Despite all that, however, Rodriguez managed to hit a home run off of Dempster on Sunday, sparking a comeback that saw the Yankees beat the Red Sox -- which, really, is the main reason the Yankees signed him in the first place.
A vendetta against A-Rod?
It's unusual to find sympathy for Alex Rodriguez these days, but Mark Cuban has never been one for convention. In an appearance on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno", Cuban said that MLB's treatment of Alex Rodriguez has been ''horrible'' and that their motivations for suspending him for 211 games is more personal than anything else. Cuban pointed out that he'll never be able to be an owner after making those comments, but it has to be slightly gratifying for Rodriguez to hear that someone supports him. After all, he wasn't exactly welcomed warmly at his first post-suspension home game.