Around baseball: A-Rod could receive lifetime ban

MLB threatens punishment if he fights ruling

Thursday August 1, 2013 7:16 AM
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Major League Baseball is threatening to kick Alex Rodriguez out of the game for life unless the New York Yankees player agrees not to fight a lengthy suspension for his role in baseball’s latest drug scandal, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

The person spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized as the investigation pushes to a conclusion.

Whether commissioner Bud Selig would actually issue a lifetime ban was unclear, and baseball officials know a permanent ban could be shortened by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, the person said.

The number of players likely to be disciplined stood at 14 last night. Front and center is Rodriguez, baseball’s highest-paid player and a three-time MVP.

Trade deadline deals

In the playoff mix for a second straight year, the Baltimore Orioles made the biggest move yesterday on a quiet trade deadline day, acquiring pitcher Bud Norris from the Houston Astros to keep pace with the Boston Red Sox. In his fifth big-league season, Norris is 6-9 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts this year.

Boston put the pressure on Baltimore by picking up 2007 National League CY Young Award winner Jake Peavy from the Chicago White Sox less than 24 hours earlier in a three-team trade.

YESTERDAY’S HIGHLIGHTS

Tigers 11, Nationals 1: Alex Avila and Torii Hunter hit homers in a five-run second inning, and host Detroit scored five more runs in the fourth inning of a rout of Washington. The American League Central-leading Tigers have won five straight and nine of 10.

Pirates 5, Cardinals 4: Russell Martin drove home Neal Walker with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and host Pittsburgh rallied to hand St. Louis its seventh consecutive loss. The Pirates’ fourth straight win over the Cardinals gave Pittsburgh a 21/2-game lead in the NL Central. St. Louis had 13 hits but left 11 runners on base.

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