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During a news conference at U.S. Cellular Field, Rodriguez said general manager Brian Cashman had welcomed him back. Earlier this season, Cashman cursed while saying Rodriguez should "shut ... up."
The awkward and ongoing saga has become a New York soap opera, daily fodder for the city tabloids.
"If I’m productive, I think they want me back," Rodriguez said Monday, drawing laughs.
He needs 13 home runs to tie Willie Mays (660) for fourth place on the career list, a milestone that would earn Rodriguez a $6 million bonus. He needs 98 hits to reach 3,000. Even so, election to the Hall of Fame might be a long shot.
Not so long ago, those achievements seemed such a certainty.
Now, he’s just determined to go down swinging. And the next two months could be his last hurrah.
"I thought he looked OK. I thought his swings looked pretty good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday night. "That’s about all I can say."
Before the game, Rodriguez said he’s fighting for his career.
After the punishment came down, he did not deny using performance-enhancing drugs. He said he will talk about whether he used PEDs at another time when he is more free to speak.
He did, however, dig in for a battle, saying no one else will defend him unless he stands up for himself. Then, he took to the field, batting fourth against the White Sox.Next Page >
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