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Hank Aaron Says He’s Rooting for Alex Rodriguez

Hank Aaron Says He’s Rooting for Alex Rodriguez

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While many have recently come after New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, one of the greatest players in the history of Major League Baseball is in his corner. Hank Aaron has come out and offered his public support towards A-Rod.

"I am rooting for him," Aaron told Newsday. "Despite all of the things that people say he had been involved in, I'm rooting for him to come back and have a great year. I am very much anxious to see what he's going to do."

Rodriguez sat out the entire 2014 season after he was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug agreement and labor contract.

"If I wanted to go to the game and A-Rod was playing, I certainly would go to the game," Aaron said. "I've met A-Rod, and to be honest, between him and me, he's been nothing but a friend to me. I liked him."

Rodriguez' 654 career home runs ranks fifth all-time, and he trails Willie Mays by six home runs for fourth on the all-time list.

The 39-year-old Rodriguez is owed $61 million over the final three years of his contract.

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A-Rod Issues an Apology to MLB and Fans

A-Rod Issues an Apology to MLB and Fans

Leon Halip/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez released a lengthy personal handwritten letter obtained by ESPN on Tuesday, apologizing to the fans of Major League Baseball and the organization.

Rodriguez apologized for taking steroids again and is hoping to move onto bigger and better things this season with the Yankees after serving a one-year suspension.

"I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season," Rodriguez said in the statement. "I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I'm sorry."

Rodriguez is owed $61 million over the next three years and can also make even more money in home run bonuses.

"I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why and that's on me," the letter continued.  "It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job."

The letter comes on the same day that Anthony Bosch, former owner of a Florida medical clinic, was sentenced to four years in a federal prison.

Bosch pretended to be a doctor and illegally supplied injections and other performance-enhancing drugs to professional baseball players, including Rodriguez.

Rodriguez also reached out to third baseman Chase Headley this week to get to know his new teammate.  The Yankees signed Headley to a four-year deal this offseason.

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A-Rod Apologizes to the Yankees

A-Rod Apologizes to the YankeesMike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez met with the organization on Tuesday and cleared the air before position players report to spring training on Feb. 25. The Yankees said that they plan on disputing his h...

Report: N.Y. Yankees Preparing to Challenge A-Rod

Report: N.Y. Yankees Preparing to Challenge A-Rod

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees are preparing to contest the validity of a marketing contact with third baseman Alex Rodriguez, according to ESPN.

In 2007, Rodriguez entered into a deal with the Yankees that would pay the 14-time All-Star a bonus for each milestone home run he reached.

Rodriguez is six homers away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list, which will make him eligible for a $6 million bonus. The bonus is part of the 10-year, $275 million extension he signed with New York.

The Yankees are devising legal arguments against paying the bonus, because of Rodriguez's steroid revelations and year-long ban he received from Major League Baseball.

Rodriguez will also receive an extra $6 million each if he ties Babe Ruth at 714 home runs, Hank Aaron at 755 home runs, and Barry Bonds at 762 home runs, and breaks Bonds' all-time record.

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Marlins Sign Ichiro

Marlins Sign Ichiro

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(MIAMI, Fl.) -- Ichiro Suzuki will give it another go in Major League Baseball.

The Miami Marlins have signed Ichiro to a one-year deal.  The deal is for $2 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Ichiro, 41, has played 14 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees. He needs 156 hits to reach the milestone of 3,000 for his career.

The Marlins outfield is set with Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna. Ichiro will likely be utilized in a platoon and defensive replacement role. 

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Yankees Re-Sign Stephen Drew

Yankees Re-Sign Stephen Drew

NY Yankees/MLB(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees are bringing Stephen Drew back in a one-year deal.

Drew will earn $5 million this season, according to David Lennon of Newsday, and can earn $1.5 million in incentives, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal -- making the potential total value of the deal $6.5 million.

Last season, Drew sat out the first month and a half, hoping to earn a multi-year contract. He signed with the Red Sox in May for $10.2 million and was traded to the Yankees at the July deadline.

Viewed more for his defense (.986% fielding in 2014), Drew batted .162 with a .237 OBP in 89 games last season. 

A natural shortstop, Drew will return to second base after the Yankees acquired Didi Gregorious from the Arizona Diamondbacks last month. 

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Hiroki Kuroda To Return To Japan

Hiroki Kuroda To Return To Japan

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(NEW YORK) -- Hiroki Kuroda has decided to sign with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Kuroda, 39, spent seven seasons in Major League Baseball, the last three with the New York Yankees.

After spending most of his career in the NBP, Kuroda came over to the United States at age 33 to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He owns a 3.45 career ERA with 6.7 K/9 in seven seasons of Major League Baseball.

The loss leaves the Yankees with more questions in their rotation as Kuroda was one of their most dependable pitchers last season.  C.C Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova are returning from injury while Michael Pineda and newly acquired Nathan Eovaldi will seek to prove their consistency.

Last season Kuroda finished 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA and a 4.17 SO/BB ratio over 199 innings.  

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Yankees and Marlins Swap Prado and Eovaldi

Yankees and Marlins Swap Prado and Eovaldi

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Yankees and Marlins have completed a five-player trade that will send Martin Prado to Miami and Nathan Eovaldi to New York.

Friday, the Yankees sent Prado and relief pitcher David Phelps to Miami, in exchange for the 24-year-old right handed fireballer Eovaldi, utility player Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German.

Eovaldi, was 6-14 last season with a 4.37 ERA while also surrendering the most hits in the National League with 223.

The Yankees have made similar moves in the past; buying low on young inconsistent talent.

Last season, the team acquired pitcher Brandon McCarthy in a low risk move.  After a few tweaks to his mechanics and pitching tendencies McCarthy lowered his ERA from 4.53 in 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, to 2.89 over 14 games for the Yankees last season.  McCarthy signed with the Dodgers this offseason for $48 million over four years.

According to Marc Craig of Newsday, the Yankees are also including $6 million in the trade to cover the salary of Prado. 

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LHP Chris Capuano Returning to N.Y. Yankees

LHP Chris Capuano Returning to N.Y. Yankees

Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees re-signed left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano to a one-year contract, the club announced on Tuesday. The deal is worth $5 million, according to ESPN.

In 40 appearances last season with the Boston Red Sox and Yankees, the 36-year-old Capuano went 3-4 with a 4.35 ERA. He struck out 84 batters in 97 1/3 innings of work.

Capuano was originally selected out of Duke University by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the eighth round of the 1999 MLB draft.  During his 10-year career with the D-Backs, Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, Red Sox and Yankees, he is 76-87 with a 4.28 ERA. He was named to the National League All-Star team in 2006 as a member of the Brewers.

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Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Yankes Sign Reliever Andrew Miller, Acquire Shorstop Didi Gregorius via Trade

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees have taken a major step, or make that steps, in making them a playoff contender again. On Friday, the team signed ace reliever Andrew Miller while also acquiring shortstop Didi Gregorius from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.

Miller's deal with the Yankees for four years and will pay him $36 million.

Over the past two seasons, Miller has emerged as one of more dominant relievers in the American League with the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.

In 2014, Miller posted a 5-5 record with a 2.02 ERA to go along with 103 strikeouts in 62.1 innings pitched. His strikeout-per-nine-innings ratio of 14.87 was second to only Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman.

Meanwhile, Gregorius could very well be the replacement to longtime shortstop Derek Jeter. While he's not known for his bat, he's known as being a great defender at his position.

In order to get Gregorius, the Yankees sent pitcher Shane Greene to the Detroit Tigers while the Diamondbacks acquired pitcher Robbie Ray and infielder Domingo Leyba.

In 2014, the Yankees missed out on the playoffs for the second-consecutive season after finishing 84-78.

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Ichiro Not Ready to Retire

Ichiro Not Ready to Retire

Rich Schulz/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Even at age 41, outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has no plans to retire and even hopes to play in 2015.

“I have every intention of playing in the Major Leagues next year,” Ichiro said during an MLB Network interview. “Where will that be? I cannot tell you because baseball is not an individual sport and so it’s not just up to my feeling that I want to play. Somebody has to feel that they want to give me the opportunity to play. But I have every intention of playing.”

Last season while primarily serving as a fourth outfielder, Ichiro hit .284 with 42 runs scored and 15 stolen basses.

While he may not be the dominant hitter he once was, Ichiro is still a solid outfielder who is just 156 hits away from 3,000 for his Major League career. In 14 Major League seasons, Ichiro has batted .317 while averaging 203 hits per season.

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Yankees Re-Sign Chris Young

Yankees Re-Sign Chris Young

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Yankees re-signed outfielder Chris Young to a one-year deal, the team announced Sunday.ESPN MLB insider Buster Olney reports the deal is worth $2.5 million plus incentives.Young, 31, signed a minor league deal with the Yankees last season after he was released by the New York Mets in August. He played in 23 games for the Bronx Bombers, hitting .282 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and a .354 on-base percentage.Young is expected to be the Yankees' fourth outfielder behind Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran and Brett Gardner.Young has played nine MLB seasons. During that time he's hit .234 with 155 home runs, 486 RBIs and 130 stolen bases.

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Brett Gardner Had Surgery on Core Muscle

Brett Gardner Had Surgery on Core Muscle

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner had surgery in October to repair a core muscle, the team announced Wednesday.The surgery was on Gardner's right rectus abdominis muscle and took place on Oct. 16. The recovery period for the surgery is four weeks, so Gardner should be ready to start his regular offseason program by next week.The 31-year-old Gardner played in 148 games last season, hitting .256 with 17 home runs, 87 runs scored, 58 RBIs, and 21 stolen bases.Next season marks the beginning of his four-year, $52 million contract extension with the team.

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Yankees Brace for the Return of Alex Rodriguez

Yankees Brace for the Return of Alex Rodriguez

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While the New York Yankees just lost shortstop Derek Jeter to retirement, they'll be getting back third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

A-Rod will be removed from the restricted list at the end of the World Series after his year-long suspension because of his role in the Biogenesis scandal.

Still, Yankees manager Joe Girardi isn't sure how much play they can get out of A-Rod.

"We have to see where he is at," he said Monday. "I think that is the thing that we have to do. I believe he is going to be 40 next summer, and we need to see where he is physically at."

The Yankees and Rodriguez both decided it'd be best for both parties to remain apart during the season even though he could have been with the team.

The Yankees still owe Rodriguez $61 million over the next three seasons and will make an additional $6 million if he hits six more home runs, which would tie him for 4th place on the All-Time list.

Rodriguez has been one of the best players of his generations, but his connection to PEDs has tainted his playing career. In 20 seasons, Rodriguez has hit 654 home runs.

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Jeter Ends Career with RBI Single

Jeter Ends Career with RBI Single

Jared Wickerham/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- At Fenway Park, the home of the Yankees' archrivals the Boston Red Sox, Derek Jeter received a standing ovation after recording the final hit of his 20 year career. The New York Yankees shortstop singled home a run in the top of the third before being lifted for a pinch-runner.  

The base hit was the 3,465th of his career, sixth most all-time, and gave New York a 3-0 lead en route to a 9-5 win. The 40-year-old removed himself from the game, being replaced by Brian McCann at first base. 

"I had a blast," said Jeter, who made his Major League debut in 1996, winning the AL Rookie of the Year. "Listen, I had an opportunity to do what I wanted to do, the only thing that I ever wanted to do. I know that not a lot of people can say that. I've been fortunate. I've had fun. There is not a thing I would change."

Prior to the game, a ceremony honoring Jeter featured multiple Boston sports icons who could also call themselves "Captain" -- former Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski, New England Patriots wide receiver Troy Brown, Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr, current Washington Wizard and former Celtics guard Paul Pierce all paid tribute to the 14-time All-Star.

The Red Sox also donated $22,222.22 to Jeter's Turn 2 Foundation. Almost $600,000 in charitable donations were given to his foundation throughout the course of the season.

Despite not reaching the postseason in his final year, Jeter was a member of five World Series championship teams and is the Yankees all-time leader in hits, stolen bases, singles, and doubles.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/26/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Washington Nationals 4 (94-65) - Miami Marlins 0 (76-83) - Game 1

Miami Marlins 15 (77-83) - Washington Nationals 7 (94-66) - Game 2

Cleveland Indians 1 (84-76) - Tampa Bay Rays 0 (76-84)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (73-87) - Atlanta Braves 4 (77-83)

Toronto Blue Jays 4 (82-78) - Baltimore Orioles 2 (95-65)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (88-72) - Cincinnati Reds 1 (74-86)

Houston Astros 3 (70-90) - New York Mets 1 (77-83)

Minnesota Twins 11 (69-91) - Detroit Tigers 4 (89-71)

New York Yankees 3 (83-77) - Boston Red Sox 2 (70-90)

Kansas City Royals 3 (88-72) - Chicago White Sox 1 (72-88) 

Oakland Athletics 6 (87-73) - Texas Rangers 2 (66-94)

Chicago Cubs 6 (72-88) - Milwaukee Brewers 4 (81-79) 

Seattle Mariners 4 (85-75) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 3 (98-62)

San Diego Padres 4 (77-83) - San Francisco Giants 1 (86-74)

St. Louis Cardinals 7 (89-71) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-97)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (92-68) - Colorado Rockies 4 (66-94)

 

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Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion

Jeter Ends Career at Yankee Stadium in Dramatic Fashion

Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- No one was sure when Derek Jeter should be taken off the Yankee Stadium field for the last time, so Jeter handled the issue himself. Jeter hit a walk-off RBI single to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his final game in pinstripes Thursday.

It looked like Jeter's night was going to end earlier. The Yankees went into the ninth inning with a three run lead, but Adam Jones hit a two-run homer and Steve Pearce tied the game with a solo blast, allowing Jeter the opportunity for one last at-bat.

Rookie Jose Pirela opened up the bottom of the inning with a single and was lifted for pinch-runner Antoan Richardson, who advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Brett Gardner. Jeter then came up and swung at the first pitch, lining it into right field and giving Richardson just enough time to score the winning run.After celebrating with his teammates, Jeter shared pleasantries with former teammates Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte, Bernie Williams, Tino Martinez and ex-manager Joe Torre. While Jeter's career at Yankee Stadium is over, his time in the major leagues isn't. Jeter and the Yankees finish out their season with three games against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/25/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/25/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --NFL: Giants 45 (2-2) – Redskins 14 (1-3)

Top 25 College Football: (11) UCLA 62 (4-0) – (15) Arizona State 27 (3-1) 

(24) Oklahoma State 45 (3-1) – Texas Tech 35 (2-2)

MLB: Cincinnati Reds 5 (74-85) – Milwaukee Brewers 3 (81-78)

New York Mets 7 (77-81) – Washington Nationals 4 (92-65) – Game One

Washington Nationals 3 (93-65) – New York Mets 0 (77-82) – Game Two

Seattle Mariners 7 (84-75) – Toronto Blue Jays 5 (81-78)

Miami Marlins 6 (76-82) – Philadelphia Phillies 4 (72-87)

New York Yankees 6 (82-77) – Baltimore Orioles 5 (95-64)

Detroit Tigers 4 (89-70) – Minnesota Twins 2 (68-91)

Pittsburgh Pirates 10 (87-72) – Atlanta Braves 1 (77-82)

Boston Red Sox 11 (70-89) – Tampa Bay Rays 1 (76-83)

Texas Rangers 2 (66-93) – Oakland Athletics 1 (86-73)

Kansas City Royals 6 (87-62) – Chicago White Sox 3 (72-87)

San Francisco Giants 9 (86-73) – San Diego Padres 8 (76-83)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/22/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NFL: Chicago Bears 27 (2-1) – New York Jets 19 (1-2) 

MLB: New York Yankees 5 (81-75) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (93-63)

Kansas City Royals 2 (85-71) – Cleveland Indians 0 (82-75)

Toronto Blue Jays 14 (79-77) – Seattle Mariners 4 (83-73)

Chicago White Sox 2 (72-84) – Detroit Tigers 0 (86-70)

Pittsburgh Pirates 1 (85-71) – Atlanta Braves 0 (76-80)

Texas Rangers 4 (63-93) – Houston Astros 3 (69-88)

Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (63-94) – Minnesota Twins 2 (66-90) 

St. Louis Cardinals 8 (88-69) – Chicago Cubs 0 (69-88) 

Oakland Athletics 8 (86-70) – Los Angeles Angels 4 (96-61)

San Diego Padres 1 (75-81) – Colorado Rockies 0 (65-92)

San Francisco Giants 5 (85-71) – Los Angeles Dodgers 2 (89-68) -13 Innings

 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 9/18/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Top 25 College Football: (5) Auburn 20 (3-0) – (20) Kansas State 14 (2-1)

NFL: Atlanta Falcons 56 (2-1) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 (0-3)

MLB: Texas Rangers 7 (60-92) – Oakland Athletics 2 (83-69)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (82-70) – Boston Red Sox 2 (66-87)

New York Yankees 3 (78-74) – Toronto Blue Jays 2 (77-75)

Washington Nationals 6 (88-64) – Miami Marlins 2 (74-78)

San Diego Padres 7 (71-81) - Philadelphia Phillies 3 (70-83)

Colorado Rockies 7 (62-91) - Arizona Diamondbacks 6 (62-91)

Los Angeles Dodgers 8 (87-66) - Chicago Cubs 4 (68-85)

Cleveland Indians 2 (79-73) - Houston Astros 1 (67-86) -13 Innings

St. Louis Cardinals 3 (85-68) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (79-74) - 13 Innings

Seattle Mariners 3 (82-70) - Los Angeles Angels 1 (95-58)

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