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MLB notebook: Yankees’ Rodriguez mum on report of fine

Associated Press

Alex Rodriguez had a day off to think about the “overwhelming” reception he received in his season debut at Yankee Stadium.

A-Rod did not play Saturday in the New York Yankees’ 9-3 loss to Detroit, a game that began about 13 hours after Rodriguez struck out three times in four at-bats during a 10-inning victory over the Tigers.

“Just a day, it’s a quick turnaround and he’s coming off an injury,” manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez left the ballpark Friday night without talking to the media, but he was upbeat throughout a chat in front of his locker before Saturday’s game.

The one topic he wouldn’t discuss: a report that said he was given a letter by the Yankees stating they are thinking of fining him for violating the collective bargaining agreement in late July.

Citing anonymous sources, ­ESPNNewYork reported the Yankees could fine him for seeking an unapproved second opinion on his strained quadriceps. He can also be penalized for failing to show up for work July 12 after meeting with Major League baseball officials conducting the investigation into Biogenesis, the now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic.

“Maybe they sent it to my lawyers, but I’m not really going to talk about that,” Rodriguez said.

Reds’ Ludwick to rejoin team

Left fielder Ryan Ludwick rejoined the Cincinnati Reds and will be activated off the disabled list Monday, four months after he tore cartilage in his left shoulder while sliding into base.

Ludwick needed surgery to repair the shoulder and couldn’t swing a bat for three months, leaving him rusty. He went 6-for-44 on a minor league stint that ends today. He’ll work out with the Reds until then.

The cleanup hitter says it’s been a lot tougher than he expected to get his timing back.

Miami’s Stanton out of lineup

Miami manager Mike Redmond held Giancarlo Stanton out of the lineup to give the struggling right fielder some rest.

Redmond said it “seems like he’s just really grinding and not having a whole lot of fun out there.”

Stanton, an All-Star last year who led the NL in slugging percentage, has just 13 homers and 35 RBI after averaging over 35 homers and 86 RBI over the previous two years.



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