MLB notes: A-Rod's camp denies prostitute allegations

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez leaves MLB headquarters surrounded by supporters...

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez leaves MLB headquarters surrounded by supporters October 4, 2013. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri)

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New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez’s publicist has vehemently denied claims that the third baseman was bedding prostitutes – two at a time, no less – while dating Cameron Diaz.

In an upcoming book about the rich and famous residents of exclusive New York condo building 15 Central Park West, author Michael Gross alleges hookers were regularly spotted coming and going from the $30,000-a-month apartment Rodriguez rented in 2010.

The New York Post published some juicy excerpts. In the tome, House of Outrageous Fortune, a worker at the building tells Gross, "(Rodriguez) got hookers all the time. Usually two at a time, two times a week. One time he had two go up, they came down and left, and 10 minutes later, Cameron Diaz walks in."

A representative for Rodriguez, who dated Diaz from 2010 to 2011, has spoken out to slam the allegations, insisting the claims have been created to tarnish Rodriguez's name.

Spokesman Ron Berkowitz told the Post, "This is a further effort to fabricate scandal around Alex. The allegations concerning prostitutes are categorically false."

Major League Baseball suspended Rodriguez for a record 211 games in August for violating its drug policy.

He has since launched legal action against the league, accusing them of trying to force him out of the game.

NOLAN RYAN STEPS DOWN

The Texas Rangers announced Thursday that CEO Nolan Ryan is retiring, effective Oct. 31.

“This is the right time for me to step down from my role of overseeing the Rangers organization,” Ryan said in a statement. “I am extremely proud of what this organization has accomplished. On the field, we have enjoyed great success at the major league level. The fans have supported us in record numbers the last two years and we have been able to upgrade the ballpark and enhance the in-game experience to reward that loyalty.

“We have a group of talented and passionate employees who have helped make this success possible. This organization is in good hands. I am leaving with a lot of great memories from my tenure here and I know the organization will continue to thrive in the years to come.”

Ryan, a Hall-of-Fame pitcher, joined the Rangers as president in 2008 and became CEO in 2011.

During Ryan’s six seasons as a Rangers executive, the club went to the World Series twice (2010 and ‘11) and had the fifth-highest winning percentage (.551) in the major leagues. Texas has won at least 87 games in each of the last five years, including four straight 90-win seasons.

ABREU TO CHICAGO?

Highly-touted Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu has reportedly narrowed down his list of potential MLB destinations to three and it appears the Chicago White Sox are the favourite.

MLB.com reported Thursday that Abreu was considering signing with the White Sox, Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox.

ESPN then reported that Houston’s bid had fallen short and Boston did not expect to sign the 26-year-old.

Abreu, a 6-foot-3, 250-pound power hitter, has spent the last three seasons in Cuba’s top league. In the shortened 2012-13 Cubana season he hit .382 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs in 42 games.

BRIEFLY

The Cleveland Indians re-signed reliever Matt Capps to a minor-league contract Thursday. He pitched in six triple-A games in 2013 before undergoing season-ending right shoulder surgery June 5.


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