Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Players' union files appeal for A-Rod

CHICAGO — The Major League Baseball Players Association formally appealed Alex Rodriguez's 211-game suspension Wednesday, sending the case to an independent arbitrator.

Union spokesman Greg Bouris confirmed the appeal and said the players' association had no further comment. A message was left seeking comment from Major League Baseball.

Rodriguez, who was back at third base and batting third for the Yankees against the White Sox on Wednesday night, said he had "no reaction" to the filing of the grievance.

The three-time MVP was suspended through next season Monday when MLB penalized 13 players after an investigation into Biogenesis of America, a shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

EXTENSION FOR RABURN: Versatile Ryan Raburn, the former Durant standout, agreed to a two-year, $4.85 million extension with the Indians that includes a $3 million club option for 2016. Raburn has been a key part of Cleveland's resurgence after being released by the Tigers. Also, Indians RHP Corey Kluber will be sidelined at least one month with a sprained right middle finger.

PARKER AILING: Seven-time All-Star Dave Parker is dealing with Parkinson's disease. Parker, 62, said he was diagnosed in February 2012 and so far is getting by without medication.

ACE'S COMEBACK: Phillies RHP Roy Halladay, who is recovering from shoulder surgery in May, is set to pitch a simulated game Saturday in Clearwater. Halladay threw 30 pitches in a bullpen session and said he was encouraged by how he felt. Also, the Phillies agreed to a two-year extension with 2B Chase Utley that includes multiple options past 2015.

CLOWN TWEET, BROS: Braves GM Frank Wren said a tweet from the team directed at Nationals OF Bryce Harper was "an inappropriate attempt at humor." Atlanta's official Twitter account posted "Clown move bro" after Harper was angered over being drilled in the leg by RHP Julio Teheran on Tuesday.

MLB SUED: A federal lawsuit filed in New York says Major League Baseball staffed a profitable "2013 All-Star FanFest" last month almost entirely with more than 2,000 unpaid volunteers and seeks unpaid wages.

RED SOX: LH reliever Matt Thornton went on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. RHP Pedro Beato, a former St. Petersburg College standout, was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

ROCKIES: LF Carlos Gonzalez went on the disabled list with a sprained right middle finger.

TIGERS: Former closer Jose Valverde, who had appeared in 20 games for Detroit this season before being demoted to Triple-A Toledo in June, was released.

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