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A-Rod storms out of grievance hearing

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NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez walked out of his grievance hearing Wednesday after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order commissioner Bud Selig to testify.

Horowitz was in the midst of the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players' association to overturn the 211-game suspension Major League Baseball handed Rodriguez last summer for alleged violations of the sport's drug agreement and labor contract.

"I'm done. I don't have a chance. You let the arbiter decide whatever he decides," Rodriguez said during an interview on WFAN radio. "My position doesn't change. I didn't do it."

The Associated Press reported that after Horowitz's ruling, the Yankees third baseman slammed a table, uttered a profanity at MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred and left.

In a lengthy interview on WFAN, Rodriguez said he consulted Biogenesis of America head Anthony Bosch for "nutrition and weight loss." He repeatedly denied using PEDs during the period in question and said Selig "hates my guts," is "trying to destroy me" and "doesn't have the nerve to come and face me face to face."

Rangers, Tigers swap sluggers

The Rangers and Tigers have agreed on a deal to send first baseman Prince Fielder to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler, cbssports.com reported.

Fielder, 29, who is entering the third year of a nine-year, $214 million contract, batted .279 with a .362 on-base percentage and a career-low .457 slugging percentage last season. The trade could free up money for Detroit to sign Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to a long-term deal.

Kinsler, 31, who is entering the second year of a five-year, $75 million deal, batted .277/.413/.344. The deal would appear to open a spot for former top prospect Jurickson Profar.

CARPENTER DONE: Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter announced his retirement. Carpenter, 38, won the NL Cy Young Award in 2005 and was 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in 15 seasons. St. Louis also agreed to a three-year extension with manager Mike Matheny.

PADreS ROLL DICE: Right-hander Josh Johnson agreed to an $8 million, one-year contract with the Padres. Johnson, 29, who had bone spurs removed from his right elbow Oct. 1, was 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 16 appearances for the Blue Jays this season but was a two-time All-Star with the Marlins. He is 58-45, 3.40 for his career.

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