Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez tried many ways — denial, platitudes, flattery — to answer persistent questions about what he might face at Yankee Stadium tonight when he makes his 2013 home debut as New York hosts the Tigers.
The beleaguered star said he had not thought about it. But when pressed on what kind of reception he would prefer, he said he wants a positive reception, as unlikely as that may be.
"Same one you would like," he said to reporters Thursday. "The same one. But again, I'm just excited to come home, put on the pinstripes and play in front of the greatest fans in baseball."
No one knows exactly what kind of a greeting Rodriguez will get in his first home game since allegations in January that he procured performance-enhancing drugs at a South Florida antiaging clinic. It will also be his first game at the stadium since MLB issued a 211-game suspension for using drugs and for obstructing baseball's investigation.
Rodriguez is appealing, so he is allowed to play during the process, which could take months.
Brewers: 2B Rickie Weeks, who stumbled over his bat trying to beat out an infield grounder Wednesday, will have an MRI exam on his injured left hamstring and is headed for the 15-day DL. … LHP Tom Gorzelanny, who missed his turn in the rotation Wednesday because of a sore elbow, will make his start Saturday.
Indians: Slumping slugger Mark Reynolds was designated for assignment. He hit 13 homers in April and May, but the free-swinger has struck out 123 times and he has only hit two homers since May.
Phillies: 2B Chase Utley, 34, made official his two-year, $27 million extension through the 2015 season. It includes several options taking it through 2018. "We wanted him to be a Phillie for life, and that was kind of the goal," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
Tigers: C Alex Avila was taken to a hospital and was being tested for a possible concussion after he was struck in the mask when Nick Swisher fouled off a pitch.
White Sox: The Rangers put in a claim on OF Alex Rios, ESPN reported. The Sox have 48 hours to decide Rios' fate.