MLB: A-Rod lawyers blocked by MLB
NEW YORK (AP) — Blocked from holding a news conference to present a person they described as a “major league baseball whistle-blower,” Alex Rodriguez’s lawyers asked that the rest of the grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game drug suspension be opened to the public.
Rodriguez’s legal team called a 5 p.m. news conference at the midtown Manhattan office of Reed Smith, one of the law firms representing the New York Yankees third baseman.
More than an hour later, Reed Smith partner James McCarroll read from a piece of paper and said arbitrator Fredric Horowitz issued an order restraining them from “conducting any press conference or briefing regarding the subject matter of the hearing.”
The lawyers would not say whether the “whistle-blower” worked for Major League Baseball, one of its teams or some other affiliate.
Lester to start Game 1 for Sox
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. That was the word Monday from Boston manager John Farrell.
Farrell said he hasn’t decided on his entire lineup, but designated hitter David Ortiz will start at least once at first base when the series shifts to St. Louis for the middle three games. There is no DH allowed in the NL park, meaning Ortiz will have to play the field for just the seventh time this season.
Mattingly unsure about future
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Don Mattingly said his 2014 contract option vested with the Dodgers’ first-round playoff victory over Atlanta, but he isn’t sure he’ll be back as manager next season.
He said that the organization put him in a difficult position with his players by not exercising a team option going into the final year of his three-year deal. Mattingly’s option worth $1.4 million would allow him to return, but the team has yet to say anything about his future.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said Mattingly’s status would be “resolved very quickly.” But it was apparent while Mattingly talked that he would like a multiyear deal.