A-Rod arrives; 2 p.m. presser looms

NEW YORK -- The tents are not for Alex Rodriguez.

There are four of them set up outside Major League Baseball's offices at 245 Park Ave., and while it may seem they have been placed here for the scheduled 2 p.m. news conference put together by Rodriguez's supporters, they are actually being used for an event Thursday night run by Story By Story, an anti-domestic violence group.

Two state senators, an assemblywoman and a community advocate have been invited for Thursday's news conference outside the MLB offices. It's being coordinated by Hispanics Across America President Fernando Mateo.

Rodriguez, wearing a gray suit and blue shirt, arrived at 9:04 a.m. Thursday. He signed autographs for a group of approximately 30-40 supporters who chanted "Alex!" as they followed him to the entrance of the building.

Thursday should be a big day in the hearing, as MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred is believed to be giving his testimony, according to sources.

Some of Rodriguez's supporters had signs mentioning Manfred including: Who is dumber: Bud Selig or Manfred? Answer is both and Fire drug pushers Bud Selig & Manfred / Avoid a 2016 boycott.