A-Rod banned 211 games by Major League Baseball

A-Rod banned 211 games by Major League Baseball
August 5, 2013, 1:45 pm
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White Sox vs. Yankees, 7 p.m.
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On the hill: Jose Quintana (5-3, 3.62 ERA); Andy Pettitte (7-8, 4.28 ERA)

Quintana at home: 3-3, 3.49 ERA, 51 K's, 19 Walks, 67 IP

Pettitte vs. White Sox (2010-12): 0-0, 6.00 ERA, 3 K's, 2 Walks, 6 IP

Yankees at at a glance: 57-53 (4th in American League East, 9.5 games out of first place) 

The A-Rod saga comes to Chicago Major League Baseball slapped Alex Rodriguez with a 211-game suspension, through the 2014 season, for his connection with the Biogenesis scandal. However, the suspension won't begin until Thursday, meaning he'll be available to play throughout this series.

Yankees pitching leaders: Wins - Hiroki Kuroda (10); ERA - Kuroda (2.38); Strikeouts - CC Sabathia (132); Saves - Mariano Rivera (35)

Yankees batting leaders: Average - Robinson Cano (.288); Home runs - Cano (21); RBIs - Cano (70); On-base percentage - Cano (.369)

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Major League Baseball announced Monday afternoon that Alex Rodriguez has been suspended through the 2014 season in response to his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, but that doesn't mean the 38-year-old won't be making his 2013 debut tonight at U.S. Cellular Field.

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Rodriguez's suspension won't begin until Aug. 8, one day after the White Sox-Yankees series comes to a close. The league released this statement following the suspension: 

"Rodriguez's discipline under the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program is based on his 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. The suspension, which will become effective on Thursday, August 8th, will cover 211 Championship Season games and any 2013 Postseason games in which Rodriguez otherwise would have been eligible to play. 

"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."

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MLB commissioner Bud Selig commented on the discipline facing Rodriguez, as well as the others facing suspension for PED usage:

“Despite the challenges this situation has created during a great season on the field, we pursued this matter because it was not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do.  For weeks, I have noted the many players throughout the game who have strongly voiced their support on this issue, and I thank them for it.  I appreciate the unwavering support of our owners and club personnel, who share my ardent desire to address this situation appropriately.  I am also grateful to the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society and our club physicians, who were instrumental in the banning of amphetamines and whose expertise remains invaluable to me.  As an institution, we have made unprecedented strides together.

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“It is important to point out that 16,000 total urine and blood tests were conducted on players worldwide under MLB Drug Programs in 2012.  With the important additions of the hGH testing and longitudinal profiling this season, we are more confident than ever in the effectiveness of the testing program.  Those players who have violated the Program have created scrutiny for the vast majority of our players, who play the game the right way."