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A-Rod homers with drug penalties likely Monday

August 2, 2013 • National News


New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez autographs a ticket stub for a fan before the start of a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Phillies, Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez was back with the Trenton Thunder on Friday and hit what might be his last home run in a while.

With a lengthy suspension looming, the New York Yankees star hit a two-run homer to left in the third inning against the Reading Fightin Phils.

Rodriguez is among 14 players facing discipline in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis investigation, and suspensions are expected on Monday — with Rodriguez facing the longest penalty.

“I am mentally prepared to play for five more years,” he said.

Coming back from hip surgery and a quadriceps injury, A-Rod hopes to rejoin the Yankees for Monday’s series opener at the Chicago White Sox, what would be his first time back in the major leagues since last October.

“I think it’s possible,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in San Diego.

Rodriguez is counting on it.

“Unless I get hit by lightning, and these days you never Login to read more

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