Associated Press Sportswatch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press


MLB-SCANDAL

Suspensions are coming

UNDATED (AP) -- An announcement is expected today from Major League Baseball regarding the suspension of players caught up in the Biogenisis scandal. Several players are alleged to have used performance enhancing drugs with New York's Alex Rodriguez leading the list.

A person familiar with deliberations tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball has informed the Yankees that Rodriguez will be suspended today but can play while he appeals the penalty. The person said the Yankees were not told the exact length of the suspension, but were left under the impression it will be through the 2014 season.

The person also said Rodriguez could get a shorter penalty for violating baseball's drug agreement if he gives up the right to file a grievance and force the case before an arbitrator.

Rodriguez said on Saturday that he planned to rejoin his teammates in time for tonight's series opener at Chicago. Manager Joe Girardi said he will pencil A-Rod into the lineup.

Thirteen other players faced discipline following baseball's probe of the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. All-Stars Nelson Cruz of Texas and Jhonny Peralta of Detroit are among those facing the stiffest penalties.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Some great matchups tonight

UNDATED (A) -- The Biogenisis scandal may top the news in baseball but some good series are set to start this evening.

The Indians and Tigers open up a big four-game series tonight in Cleveland. The Tigers start the day with a three game lead over the Indians in the American League Central Division race. On the mound will be nine game winner Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez for the Tigers against seven game winner Corey Kluber (KLOO'-burr) for the Indians.

Atlanta and Washington, the top two clubs in the National League East, open up a series in Washington tonight. These are pretty much must-win games for the Nationals as they trail the Braves by 12 1/2 games. Steven Strasburg, with a record of 5-9, toes the rubber for the Nats against 11-game winner Mike Minor.

Two of the top teams in the National League are squaring off this evening in St. Louis as the Cards entertain the Dodgers. Los Angeles leads the NL West by 5 1/2 games over Arizona, while the Cardinals are 1 1/2 games back of the Pirates in the Central Division. Adam Wainwright of St. Louis is looking for his 14th win of the season.

The rest of tonight's schedule has Boston playing at Houston, Minnesota at Kansas City, the Angels home to Texas, Milwaukee in San Francisco to play the Giants and the Yankees, with or without Alex Rodriguez, in Chicago to face the White Sox.

DOPING-GERMANY

Report details long-time government sponsored abuse

BERLIN (AP) -- If you thought the use of performance enhancing drugs was something new, think again. Germany's Interior Ministry says it will publish a report that claims West Germany's athletes were systematically doped with government backing for years. A German paper published details from the unreleased report on Saturday, alleging that the state financed experiments with performance-enhancing substances going back to 1970 at least.

The study was initiated by the German Olympic Sports Confederation in 2008 and commissioned by the Federal Institute of Sport Science.


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