MLB NOTEBOOK: A-Rod withdraws lawsuits
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez ended his extended and acrimonious fight with Major League Baseball, withdrawing a pair of lawsuits and accepting a season-long suspension that marks the longest penalty in the sport’s history related to performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez, who has steadfastly denied using banned substances while with the New York Yankees, made the decision nearly four weeks after arbitrator Fredric Horowitz largely upheld the discipline issued last summer by baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.
• WASHINGTON (AP) — Hall of Famer Hank Aaron was honored by baseball greats, dignitaries and his family during a celebration this weekend of his 80th birthday in the nation’s capital.
Attorney General Eric Holder saluted Aaron at a private party Friday night near the White House.
Reggie Jackson and fellow Hall of Famers Frank Robinson, Robin Yount, Ozzie Smith, Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson paid tribute to Aaron. Commissioner Bud Selig also saluted Aaron, who turned 80 on Wednesday.
• OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center fielder Coco Crisp is staying with the Oakland Athletics for an additional two seasons, agreeing to a new contract through 2016 that adds $22.75 million in guaranteed money.
• SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks and Bronson Arroyo agreed on a two-year, $23.5 million contract with a club option for a third.
The right-hander, who turns 37 in two weeks, has a 138-127 record with a 4.91 ERA. He pitched the last eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds before becoming a free agent.
Last year, Arroyo was 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA.
• MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers signed free-agent reliever Francisco Rodriguez to a $3.25 million, one-year contract.
Rodriguez is 41-36 with a 2.70 ERA and 304 saves in 730 relief appearances with the Angels, Mets, Brewers and Orioles.