MLB notes: A-Rod linked to purchasing Biogenesis docs

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez talks with teammates as he sits on the bench during the Yankees'...

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez talks with teammates as he sits on the bench during the Yankees' MLB American League opening day baseball game against The Boston Red Sox in New York, April 1, 2013. (REUTERS)

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A representative of New York Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez is suspected of purchasing documents from the former anti-aging clinic Biogenesis.

After MLB officials were rebuffed in their attempt to obtain Biogenesis documents from the Miami New Times, the league paid an ex-Biogenesis employee to acquire the documents, reports the New York Times.

The catalyst behind the league’s move was that a player named in the documents purchased them from a former clinic employee in order to destroy them.

Rodriguez is one of several players implicated in the clinic’s distribution of performance-enhancing drugs, which also includes Ryan Braun, Gio Gonzalez, Bartolo Colon, Melky Cabrera and Nelson Cruz.

LILLY SET TO REPLACE GREINKE

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost ace pitcher Zach Greinke due to a fractured collarbone following Thursday night’s brouhaha in San Diego.

The Dodgers will replace Greinke with Ted Lilly, who is coming off the disabled list after recovering from shoulder surgery, according to MLB.com.

Lilly has been building up arm strength in the minors with the Albuquerque Isotopes, logging 90 pitches in his start on Wednesday.

Lilly will beat out Chris Capuano for the open spot in the rotation, who came in to replace Greinke during their bench-clearing brawl with the Padres.

FORMER ASTROS MANAGER DIES

Former Boston Red Sox third baseman and Houston Astros manager Grady Hatton, Jr. died Thursday from cancer. He was 90.

Hatton played from 1946-60 with the Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs.

At his peak in 1952, he made the All-Star team as a member of the Reds, hitting .271 with 14 home runs and 69 RBIs.

During his tenure as the Astros bench boss from 1966-68, he went 164-221. Despite the poor record, the Astros kept him on as a scout, where he eventually returned to the field as a first-base coach.

VALENTINE PENS BIOGRAPHY

Much maligned former Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine has signed a book deal to write about his life in the majors.

According to the Boston Herald, the biography, titled Valentine’s Way, will include “his perspective on last season with the Red Sox.”

Valentine was named Red Sox manager on Nov. 29, 2011 after Terry Francona was not offered a new contract by the club.

Valentine’s time with the BoSox was plagued by injuries, infighting, public disputes with players and a polarizing relationship with his coaching staff.

He was released by the team last October after the Red Sox went 69-93 and is currently the athletic director at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.


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