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Poker player: Rodriguez didn't attend reputed game

A poker pro who was at a 2009 game in Beverly Hills, Calif., at which cocaine use and a near-fight allegedly took place, denied a report that Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez was there, New York's Daily News reported.

But the newspaper reported Rodriguez was at similar illegal games.

Dan Bilzerian was a source in the Star Magazine story that alleged Rodriguez attended a game at a record executive's home.

"It's ridiculous," Bilzerian said. "He was playing in the World Series at the time."

Star reported Rodriguez was at a game in late 2009 at the home of Cody Leibel at which cocaine allegedly was used openly and a fight broke out over unpaid debts. Bilzerian told the newspaper the game was in November of that year. The final game of that year's World Series took place Nov. 4.

Major League Baseball previously said they are investigating the allegation.

Meanwhile in Tampa, Rodriguez, rehabbing from July 14 surgery for a torn right meniscus, increased the intensity of his drills. He took grounders on the infield dirt for the first time since the surgery and doubled his swing total in tee and soft toss sessions from Thursday.

"The first two days have been good," said Rodriguez, whose return hasn't been determined. "I think it's how I'm going to wake up (feeling), how my body reacts the next week or so."

Dodgers, MLB officials reach financing deal

DOVER, Del. — The Dodgers and Major League Baseball have agreed on a bankruptcy financing plan for the team. A court filing outlines a plan for the league to provide up to $150 million for the team.

Last month, a judge rejected the Dodgers' financing arrangement with a hedge fund and ordered the club to negotiate with the league, which offered better loan terms.

The Dodgers argued the league's loan offer was simply an attempt by commissioner Bud Selig to take control of the team and force a sale.

The Dodgers sought bankruptcy protection in June after Selig refused to approve a TV deal with Fox Sports worth about $3 billion that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the franchise afloat.

Pitcher hit by liner: Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio was hit in the head by a line drive and taken to a Denver hospital. His status had not been determined. The ball off the bat of the Nationals' Ian Desmond bounced off the right side of Nicasio's head and rolled away over the first-base line. He lay flat on the mound for several minutes before being moved onto a cart. He could be seen blinking and moving his hands and legs.

Braves: OF Nate McLouth had hernia surgery and will miss at least six weeks.

Indians: INF Jack Hannahan went on the paternity list. OF Shelley Duncan, who has split this season with Cleveland and Triple A, was called up.

Marlins: 2B Omar Infante went on the DL a day after breaking his right middle finger while fielding a grounder.

Mets: 1B Ike Davis, out since May 11 with a bone bruise in his left ankle, likely won't return this year after being told to stop running. He will be re-evaluated in four weeks, and surgery remains a possibility.

Orioles: LHP Zach Britton went on the DL with a strained left shoulder sustained Thursday. He was replaced by INF Cesar Izturis, out since May 13 for right elbow surgery. Also, SS J.J. Hardy sat with a sore left ankle and is day to day.

Padres: LH reliever Joe Thatcher, out all season with a strained left shoulder that required arthroscopic surgery on May 2, was activated.

Rangers: OF Craig Gentry, on the seven-day concussion disabled list, went to Triple A for a rehab stint. He was hurt July 24 when his neck struck the hip of Blue Jays 2B Aaron Hill while sliding into second.

Poker player: Rodriguez didn't attend reputed game 08/06/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 6, 2011 12:23am]

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