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First Pitch: A-Rod-palooza, Day 2

CHICAGO -- Now the Alex Rodriguez saga will try to find some normalcy, if it can. With A-Rod's arbitration apparently not going to be decided until November, A-Rod may be banned, but he is back for possibly the rest of the season.

The bad blood between the Yankees and Rodriguez fell into the background on Monday, but it was still present. The Yankees made sure to express that they were not trying to push MLB into suspending Rodriguez or find a way out of A-Rod's contract. As part of a statement, they never said they supported A-Rod in his appeal, but did they did say:

"The New York Yankees in no way instituted and/or assisted MLB in the direction of this investigation; or used the investigation as an attempt to avoid its responsibilities under a player contract; or did its medical staff fail to provide the appropriate standard of care to Alex Rodriguez."

Rodriguez' lawyer, David Cornwell, said that A-Rod will "pursue all legal remedies available to Alex."

So the animosity is not going anywhere in the $275 million marriage. It is just that a divorce can't happen yet -- so they are stuck with each.

In other words, the new normal is the same as the old normal.

UP NOW: Our news story on Rodriguez. Our news story on Derek Jeter, who was an afterthought as he went on the DL again. Plus, postgame blogs on A-Rod and Andy Pettitte.

Ian O'Connor opined on A-Rod; as did Johnette Howard.

ON DECK: Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.38) vs. Chris Sale (6-11, 2.92). We will have you covered from The Cell. Plus, I'm sure we will be talking A-Rod all over TV and radio. You can listen to ESPN New York 98.7 FM live stream.

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Does this Yankee team have a real shot at the wild card?