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League may try to suspend A-Rod using labor agreement

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In this Oct. 18, 2012, file photo, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees watches from the dugout during Game 4 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Injuries have kept him off the field for more than half the season and now A-Rod faces discipline from ...

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NEW YORK — Major League Baseball may try to suspend Alex Rodriguez under its collective bargaining agreement instead of its drug rules, which would eliminate any chance of delaying a penalty until after the case goes to an arbitrator, The Associated Press has learned.
Rodriguez has never been disciplined for a drug offense, and a first offender under baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement is entitled to an automatic stay if the players’ association files a grievance — meaning the penalty is put on hold until after an arbitrator rules.
While use of banned performance-enhancing substances falls under the drug agreement, MLB may ...


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