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One day after being spotted outside a Manhattan restaurant for the first time since his name was linked to the Biogenesis scandal — an anti-aging clinic being investigated by MLB for performance-enhancing drugs — Alex Rodriguez issued a statement saying he is getting ready to rejoin his Yankees teammates but didn't address the PED accusations.
"Right now I’m dedicating 100% of my energy and focus on my rehabilitation. I am conducting two rehab sessions each and every day in an effort to get back on the field and rejoin my Yankees teammates," Rodriguez said in his statement. "I think we have a great team and I want to be a part of it."
The 37-year-old A-Rod is expected to be out until midseason after surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Some experts think his return could take longer.
Right after the Jan. 16 operation, The Miami News Times reported that records from the Biogenesis clinic were uncovered alleging that Rodriguez purchased PEDs over the course of four years. The facility is under investigation by MLB.
A-Rod's statement didn't mention the PED controversy but his spokesman reiterated that the Yankees third baseman is currently "working on rehabilitating his surgically repaired hip under the supervision of Dr. Brian (sic) Kelly and his trainer Pete Draovitch."
On Wednesday, A-Rod was photographed hobbling out of of the Atlantic Grill seafood eatery with his girlfriend Torrie Wilson, but clammed up when reporters approached.
The Yankees $114 million man has denied he got PEDs from Anthony Bosch — the clinic's owner — through his spokesman, but A-Rod still has not yet addressed the matter publicly himself.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez would not be joining his teammates in Tampa for spring training while he rehabs.
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The term "Evil Empire" that started out as an insult to the New York Yankees — by Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino in 2002 — has now been ruled by judges to belong to the intended target. Trademark judges ruled an entrepreneur cannot register the phrase "Baseballs Evil Empire," used to describe the Bronx Bombers, after Major League Baseball objected...
Baseball is officially back, as Spring Training games kick-off this weekend.
16 games today. All 30 teams play. Baseball is officially back. #SpringTraining.
— MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) February 23, 2013
Just like every other fan, I am relieved. The months between the end of the World Series and today start to feel permanent, like baseball is gone forever.
Is this heaven...
TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera did more than throw on Friday. He also called balls and strikes.
The 43-year old Rivera threw 25 pitches in his first batting practice session since knee surgery last year and said he was happy with the results.
“It feels great to be on the mound,” said Rivera, who expects to throw BP one or two more times. “Basically, just wanted...
New York Yankees pitcher Phil Hughes will join Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list for the start of the season.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced the decision Wednesday after watching Hughes pitch in his second minor league exhibition game since returning from a bulging disk in his upper back.
Hughes is expected to miss his...
Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has thrown 18 pitches in his first simulated game since knee surgery last year.
The 43-year old Rivera pitched one inning against Yankees' minor-league players on Thursday. He also fielded bunts and covered first base.
Rivera pitched in nine games last year, his season ending when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking...
The name “Evil Empire” may have started as a derogatory term for the New York Yankees, but it is now apparently one that they take pride in and enjoy profiting from. Legally speaking, the Yankees are now officially known as the Evil Empire. According to the NY Daily News, trademark judges blocked an entrepreneur from registering the phrase “Baseballs Evil Empire” earlier...
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I was doing a mock draft with a buddy last night, and he had the fourth overall pick. This is probably the most interesting pick in the entire draft assuming Trout, Braun, and Miggy go one-two-three in some order. The fourth pick can go any number of ways. There are several excellent outfielders who offer a power/speed combo like Andrew McCuthcen...
An Open Letter to Yankee owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner:Dear Billionaires,Recently, in some Byzantine clown court, the New York Yankees secured the legal trademark rights to the marketing name "Evil Empire." Meanwhile, General Manager Brian Cashman was said to be trolling through the Yankee facilities, eying the hair on players' chins the way Lindsay Lohan scans for...
It’s a good thing his new teammates have a good sense of humor.
Kevin Youkilis, who recently told the media that he’ll “always be a Red Sox,” entered camp earlier this month with his new Yankee teammates. While there was some ribbing going on, Youk told the YES Network that he and his fellow Yanks were able to laugh off his comments and any other “non-stories” that came...
Alex Rodriguez and Lady Gaga don't seem to run in the same circles, but they do have a lot in common.
Besides both of them claiming they were Born This Way, dealing with Paparazzi and — just like A-Rod's reported drug mule cousin Yuri Sucart — the blond songstress has been banned from the Yankees clubhouse.
Now the injured pop star and the rehabbing New York Yankees...
The New York Yankees are so evil that they literally sued for the right to call themselves "The Evil Empire".
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- While a bunch of aging stars try to get healthy, the New York Yankees have a chance to check out their younger players at spring training.
Zoilo Almonte homered and threw out a runner from right field, Francisco Cervelli began his pitch to win the catching job, and David Phelps threw two scoreless innings as New York defeated the bumbling Atlanta Braves 8...