Daily Archives: August 5, 2013

Game 110: Yankees @ White Sox

Regular Season Game 110
New York Yankees (57-53) vs. Chicago White Sox (40-69)
U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, Illinois
TV/Radio: YES/WCBS 880
8:05pm

YANKEES

Brett Gardner CF
Alfonso Soriano DH
Robinson Cano 2B
Alex Rodriguez 3B
Vernon Wells 1B
Curtis Granderson LF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

Pitching: Andy Pettitte, LHP

WHITE SOX

Alexi Ramirez SS
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Alex Rios RF
Paul Konerko 1B
Adam Dunn DH
Gordon Beckham 2B
Dayan Vicideo LF
Casper Wells CF
Josh Phegley C

Pitching: Jose Quintana, LHP

Now for some news + notes…

– Surprise! Alex Rodriguez has been suspended. However, as you can tell, he will appeal and likely play out the remainder of the season, should he stay healthy. The best us Yankees fans can do is just hope he plays well and isn’t too much of a circus after tonight.

– Word just broke that Derek Jeter is going back on the disabled list with a Grade 1 calf strain. This will be his third DL stint of 2013, as yesterday Jeter himself called this season “a nightmare”. Ironically, activating A-Rod will be the corresponding roster move.

– To a somewhat random degree, Brent Lillibridge has been designated for assignment, and David Adams has been called up.

– And finally, the Chicago Cubs claimed Thomas Neal off waivers from the Yankees today. He had two stints with the team this year for a grand total of four games, picking up 2 hits in 13 plate appearances. Happy trails.

MLB Suspends Rodriguez, Cervelli for Biogenesis link

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by MLB for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014.

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended by MLB for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014.

Well, the moment that we all were waiting for since early last week has finally arrived: Major League Baseball has suspended Alex Rodriguez for the rest of the 2013 season and all of 2014. However there is a catch: Rodriguez has appealed the suspension and can play until otherwise.

MLB suspended 13 players today just after noon but the announcement wasn’t made official until 3 p.m. Here is the press release, clarifying Rodriguez’s charges:

Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig announced today that third baseman Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 Championship Season and Postseason and the entire 2014 Championship Season for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.

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.

However, Rodriguez wasn’t the only New York Yankee that was suspended this afternoon. Catcher Francisco Cervelli was suspended for 50-games due to his link of the Biogenesis clinic. Unlike Rodriguez, Cervelli has accepted the suspension and will not play for the rest of the 2013 season.

With Rodriguez’s suspension taking effect until Thursday, he’s able to play the Chicago series from Monday through Wednesday at Cellular Field against the White Sox. Joe GIrardi made a note that he had ‘penciled in’ Rodriguez for the lineup yesterday before a 6-3 loss to the San Diego Padres.

Well, it looks as if it’s a brand new season of “As The World Turns On A-Rod.” So grab your popcorn, sit in front of the T.V. tonight…and let the A-Rod circus continue. Oh joy.