A-Rod drama: Playing tonight vs. White Sox, or suspended?

A-Rod drama: Playing tonight vs. White Sox, or suspended?
August 3, 2013, 11:15 pm
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If all goes Alex Rodriguez's way, he'll make his 2013 debut at U.S. Cellular Field tonight against the White Sox on Comcast SportsNet.

On Saturday, that appeared to be a longshot. But despite Major League Baseball's intent to suspend Rodriguez today for his link to the Biogenesis scandal, the embattled slugger is expected to appeal and be allowed to play tonight against the White Sox.

ESPN reported on Saturday commissioner Bud Selig will invoke his right to bar Rodriguez from playing during his appeal. He's expected to be hit with a suspension lasting through the 2014 season, over 200 games.

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Rodriguez spoke Saturday while on a minor league rehab assignment with the Trenton Thunder, New York's Triple-A affiliate.

"I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PEDs," he said. "That’s a must, I think. All the players, we feel that way. But when all this stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, I think that’s concerning for me, it’s concerning for present and I think it’s concerning for future players as well. There is a process, I’m excited about the way I feel tonight and I’m going to keep fighting."