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Rodriguez Suspension Could Be Soon

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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.

Checking the scoreboard, Tampa Bay is back on top of the American League East, winning 2-1 over Boston. Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz won't be suspended for destroying two dugout phones with his bat during this weekend's series in Baltimore. Cleveland beat the White Sox 3-2. It was Texas over the Angels 4-3 and Oakland topped Toronto 9-4.

In the National League, Daniel Murphy drove in three runs to help the Mets snap a five-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Miami. Ike Davis delivered a go-ahead double in the Mets three-run seventh inning. Pittsburgh edged St. Louis 9-2. Atlanta passed Colorado 9-8 in 10 innings. Milwaukee shut out the Cubs 5-0 and Cincinnati fell to San Diego 2-1.

In other baseball news, a minor league baseball team in Virginia intends to poke fun at New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and other celebrities with a "Salute to Scandal Night."

The Class AA Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Eastern League intend to sell hot dogs for $1 on Thursday. The team says fans also can enter a contest by tweeting photos during the game showing how they are enjoying their hot dogs.

At Saratoga Race Course, Dance to Bristol won the Grade 2 Honorable Miss Handicap stakes for trainer Ollie Figgins III, along with jockey Xavier Perez, paying $3.70 to win.

The Times Union is reporting that attendance is down this year at Saratoga Race Course including a 21 percent decline on July 24th.

Finally, Connecticut and Massachusetts authorities on Monday searched in and around a lake in the hometown of Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player who is charged with murder. The search is reportedly tied to the weapon sought in the investigation.

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