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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
A-Rod's supporters return

By Matt Ehalt

NEW YORK -- They're back.

A group of supporters were back in front of Major League Baseball's office at 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan to support Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez as he appeals his 211-game suspension. The group did not show up Monday but was there around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The appearance of supports had been spearheaded by Hispanics Across America during the first stages of the hearing in October, but several of the members Tuesday said they were not affiliated with HAA. However, they had similar and sometimes identical signs to the ones that were used in October. Some of the signs included "Randy Levine is the devil" and "Bud Selig is the true founder of the steroid era."

The group waited with photographers near the side exit for Rodriguez's departure, but Rodriguez told them in Spanish as he departed around 6:15 p.m. that he wasn't feeling well and he'd see them tomorrow.

Tuesday's big highlight was Yankees president Levine taking the stand to testify. Rodriguez's camp is calling upon witnesses this week, and Levine arrived around 2:10 p.m. and left in less than an hour. You can read the full details of Levine's testimony here.

Levine, who has been a favorite target of the Rodriguez supporters, did not cross paths with the group, but he had a laugh about the signs.

"I might have made a donation," he joked.

Rodriguez will be back Wednesday as the hearing continues on.The hearing could continue into next week.