Author Topic: Alex Rodriguez homers in minors ahead of drug penalties, vows to 'keep fighting'  (Read 263 times)

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NEW YORK –  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 of a 6-2 win over 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, later adding, "It's not time for me to hang it up. I have a lot more left in me. I will keep fighting."

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 know," he said.

"A night like tonight illustrates to me that I can play now and I can play for a long time," he said.

But he might not get back to the Yankees any time soon because of his alleged connection to the closed anti-aging clinic that's been accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Most targeted players face 50-game bans, including All-Stars Nelson Cruz of Texas and Jhonny Peralta of Detroit.

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Keep fighting for what? Is he a victim all of a sudden? He broke the rules as did Braun.  Go away A-Rod!


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