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Saturday, August 3, 2013
A-Rod: See you in Chicago

By Matt Ehalt

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez said he is going to join the Yankees in Chicago on Monday, suspension or no.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Even in the face of a pending suspension, Alex Rodriguez remains defiant.

With MLB preparing to suspend Rodriguez on Monday likely through the 2014 season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, Rodriguez said he expects to play for the New York Yankees that day against the Chicago White Sox. He added that he would fly to Chicago even if MLB levied a suspension on Sunday.

Rodriguez walked four times in his second rehab game with Double-A Trenton on Saturday night against Reading.

"Excited to be playing tonight and even more excited about Monday," Rodriguez said. "I can't wait to see my teammates. I feel like I can help us win. I can help us be a better team. I haven't seen a lot of my brothers in a long time."

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" is reporting that Rodriguez, and about 12 other players, will be suspended on Monday, according to sources, with Rodriguez receiving a 214-game ban. A source told "Outside the Lines" that MLB refused a meeting between the union, MLB, the Yankees and Rodriguez's camp, and that MLB commissioner Bud Selig was "furious" with Rodriguez for saying that he wasn't going to negotiate a suspension.

Friday night, Rodriguez said that others were finding "creative ways" to cancel his contract, and called the alleged attempts by the Yankees to keep him from the field the "pink elephant in the room." Rodriguez did not say on Saturday whether he regretted those comments.

"I played on the field for the last 5 1/2 hours. I haven't heard anything or seen anything," Rodriguez said. "My focus has been to play baseball, get ready to play tonight."

When asked if he reached out to the Yankees on Saturday regarding a potential buyout or settlement, Rodriguez said no before delegating the question to his legal team.

"As far as -- no -- as far as any of that stuff I'm going to let those guys take care of what they need to take care of," Rodriguez said. "I'm not going to address anything like that."

Rodriguez will work out Sunday at an undisclosed location, although he nodded his head when asked if the workout will take place in Trenton. The Yankees play in San Diego on Sunday and then head to the Windy City, where Rodriguez will join them, although it remains to be seen whether he can play.

"I'm flying to Chicago," he stated.

The embattled third baseman wrapped up his two-game rehab stint with Trenton on Saturday night by walking in all four of his plate appearances, seeing a total of 24 pitches. He walked on three full counts and made three plays in the field while failing to make another one. He also moved gingerly on the basepaths, and didn't try to score on a double in the first inning.

"I felt great. It was great to see a lot of pitches," Rodriguez said. "Back-to-back days, felt pretty good. Got some action at third base, which was nice. Ready to go."

In a recent Sports Illustrated article, Rodriguez told the magazine that he wants to be a role model for his two daughters. When asked what he would say to his daughters if they asked him if he cheated, Rodriguez said he will eventually give his side of the tale.

"I plan to sit my girls down with [ex-wife] Cynthia and we're going to have a lengthy conversation. And I'll have the opportunity to tell it all at some point," Rodriguez said. "I'll have that platform. And when the time is right I'll tell my full story."