MLB notes: A-Rod ready to fold 'em
By QMI Agency
|Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez makes a play against the Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 22, 2011. (JOHN SOMMERS II/Reuters)
Alex Rodriguez will meet in the next few days with Major League Baseball officials to discuss his involvement in illegal poker games.
A source told the New York Daily News that MLB wants the New York Yankees star "to stop getting in these crazy situations" but would not suspend him.
Rodriguez had been linked to a 2009 poker game in which cocaine was used and a fight began over unpaid winnings. He also allegedly has played in high-stakes games with actors Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.
Rodriguez is on the disabled list after undergoing surgery on his right knee July 11. He has been rehabbing in Tampa but is expected to rejoin the Yankees Monday.
Win with Lincecum
Want to face Tim Lincecum? Then throw like him.
A lucky fan will get a chance to take a few swings off the San Francisco Giants ace next spring.
Through Sept. 16, fans can enter a contest in which they are asked to duplicate Lincecum's unorthodox pitching delivery on video for the opportunity to bat against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner during spring training.
The Red Bull Ultimate competition will be judged based on creativity, originality, performance and skill level, and demonstrated passion for the sport and Lincecum.
No word on whether they will play your chiropractor's bills when your back goes out trying to duplicate Lincecum's spine-bending delivery.
Bonds seeks break
Barry Bonds' lawyers have petitioned a federal judge in San Francisco to throw out his obstruction of justice conviction, saying the jury shouldn't have convicted him for making a rambling but truthful statement.
Upon his conviction of obstruction of justice, jurors said they believed Bonds didn't give a direct answer when asked by prosecutors during his December 2003 appearance before the BALCO grand jury if his former trainer Greg Anderson had given him anything that required a syringe.
Bonds' lawyers sat the government hasn't shown "that speaking unintelligibly, or rambling, is a federal offence."
An Aug. 26 hearing has been scheduled to consider the request.
Cubs honour Santo
A statue of Ron Santo, who dedicated his life to the Chicago Cubs, will be unveiled Wednesday outside of Wrigley Field.
The former third baseman and broadcaster died last Dec. 3 after a battle with bladder cancer. He was 70.
"There was no bigger fan of the Cubs anywhere in the world than Ron Santo," said Len Kasper, the team's television play-by-play broadcaster.
Santo was 19 when he signed with the Cubs in 1959. Over 14 seasons, he was named to the all-star team nine times and won five Gold Gloves.
After his playing career ended, Santo rejoined the Cubs in 1990 as the colour commentator for radio broadcasts.
Twins' Baker cools heels
The Minnesota Twins sent pitcher Scott Baker back to the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a right flexor strain. It's the second time in a month he has been on the DL.
The 29-year-old right-hander, who is 8-6 with a 3.21 earned-run average, gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings Monday against the Boston Red Sox.
The Twins planned to recall righty Kevin Slowey from triple-A to take Baker's spot.