Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14

The Yankees will open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Monday, and as far as manager Joe Girardi is concerned, Alex Rodriguez will be in the lineup. With suspensions likely to be announced Monday, Girardi said Sunday morning that if Rodriguez makes it to Chicago and is activated, he will be playing that night, according to CBSSports.com. “Yeah,” Girardi said. “I’m not going to bring him up and sit him.” The Yankees third baseman rubbed Major League Baseball the wrong way with his postgame comments Friday night after his rehab game, and MLB since announced they would no longer negotiate a settlement with Rodriguez. Facing a reported 214-game ban, Girardi and the rest of the Yankees are anxious to see how the saga plays out. “I think all of us are curious as to what’s going to happen,” Girardi said. “Is Alex going to be a player for us tomorrow, what’s going to happen with the other guys.” If Rodriguez is available to play, Girardi doesn’t envision any problems within the clubhouse, with the exception of increased attention on the 38-year-old. “I suspect it will be business as usual. There will be more media, but that’s for Alex, not for the rest of the team.” Filed under: Alex Rodriguez, Anna Fogel, Headlines, MLB, New York Yankees

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  • Of course he'll play him, why not if he's on the roster while his appeal is being hashed out. Now I'm not defending ARod, but this is the thing I find interesting in all this Biogenesis stuff. Does MLB have positive Roid tests for all these players that are being named. We know they had Braun positive when they tried to suspend him last season for 50 games and he claimed foul in the gathering of the sample. We now know he WAS POSITIVE and is a sleazy little liar. But I have yet to hear that any of the others being named have in fact come up positive or Roids. Unless MLB has this evidence as well, I fail to see how an association with Biogenesis is grounds for suspension. If a player was 'thinking' of using Roids provided by Biogenesis but in fact decided not to go ahead with it, then there's no harm no foul. Baseball can't have it both ways, either they Juiced or they didn't. There is no gray area here, you either put the substance in your body or you didn't....PERIOD!!!! I want baseball cleaned up as much as anyone who loves the game, but this can't just turn into a witch hunt. I refuse to recognize Bonds and still consider Aaron as the homerun king. And the sports writers who vote have spoken loud and clear as well...players such as Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, Palmiero and Clemens are not going to the HOF. And it's sad because they probably were all good enough to make it on their God given talents without CHEATING. But they will all have the rest of their lives to think about how they screwed up and have nobody to blame but themselves.
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