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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguezs already strained relationship with the New York Yankees hit another low on Thursday when he pushed to be activated from the disabled list, the team refused and he had a lawyer join the discussion of his injury rehabilitation. Andre Tippett Womens Jersey . Already a target of Major League Baseballs drug investigation, the third baseman angered the Yankees when he obtained a second medical opinion on his strained left quadriceps this week without informing the team in writing, a step required by the sports collective bargaining agreement. The Yankees intend to discipline him, most likely with a fine. "Do you trust the Yankees?" Rodriguez was asked during an interview on WFAN radio. He responded: "Id rather not get into that. Im just frustrated that Im not on the field tomorrow." Sidelined since hip surgery in January, Rodriguez issued a statement early Thursday saying he wanted to be activated for Fridays home game against Tampa Bay. "The Yanks and I crossed signals," the three-time AL MVP said in the statement. "I dont want any more mix-ups. Im excited and ready to play and help this team win a championship. I feel great and Im ready and want to be in the lineup Friday night. Enough doctors, lets play." But that wasnt in the Yankees plans. "Hell continue tomorrow with some light conditioning, and then expand to more functional work from the 27th through the 31st," general manager Brian Cashman said. "Our hope, as well as Alexs hope, without any setbacks or new complaints, that would put him in a situation to have either a simulated game or a rehab game on Aug. 1." A-Rod was upset with the delay. "Im very, very disappointed," he said. "I know I can help my team. Im frustrated but I agreed to this five-day plan, and on we go." Whether he gets back on a big league field any time soon or ever plays for the Yankees again remains to be seen. MLB has been investigating Rodriguez as part of its probe of the closed Biogenesis clinic in Florida , accused in media reports of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs. A suspension appears likely, but Rodriguez could ask the players association to contest a drug penalty -- making it possible he might not have to serve any time until next year. He is among the dozen or so players under investigation by MLB; he has said in the past that he used PEDs from 2001-03 while with Texas but maintained he has not used them since. Rodriguez independently sought out a second opinion on his thigh strain, consulting Dr. Michael Gross, the orthopedic director of The Sports Medicine Institute at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center. Gross said on Wednesday that he examined an MRI and could not detect an injury. Gross, who never examined Rodriguez personally, was reprimanded this year by New Jerseys board of medical examiners over steroid prescriptions, fined $30,000 and ordered to pay $10,000 in costs. Rodriguez was re-examined Thursday by Dr. Daniel Murphy, the Yankees orthopedic surgeon, who confirmed the initial diagnosis. Cashman said Murphy determined there was "clearly some improvement." Yankees president Randy Levine and Cashman had a conference call with Tim Lentych, the head athletic trainer at the player development complex in Tampa; Rodriguez; and Jordan Siev, co-head of the U.S. commercial litigation group at Reed Smith. Rodriguez is baseballs highest-paid player with a $28 million salary this year and is owed $86 million more in the next four seasons. He sounded like a man who anticipated having to fight for his money. "Just want to make sure that everything is documented properly," he said. Rodriguez has hit a mediocre .250 (8 for 40) with two homers and eight RBIs in 13 minor league games. About a week before he began the injury rehab assignment on July 2, Rodriguez tweeted that the surgeon who operated on his hip "gave me the best news - the green light to play games again!" Cashman responded: "Alex should just shut the ... up." ------ Associated Press Writer Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., contributed to this report. Tom Brady Womens Jersey . The visitors took a deserved lead in the 16th minute with midfielder Yohan Cabaye curling the ball beyond Adrian from inside the penalty area. Rob Gronkowski Jersey . Tests earlier this week revealed a Grade 2 left hamstring strain for Sabathia, who was hurt in last Fridays start against San Francisco. Its an injury that will require about eight weeks to heal. He finished a disappointing campaign just 14-13 with a career-worst 4. http://www.patriotsjerseysauthentic.com/Andre-Tippett-Super-Bowl-Jersey/ . Speaking Thursday on TSN 1050 Thursday, the Leafs GM also touched on the questions surrounding the teams leadership and the struggles of his big-name free-agent signing. “Its not from lack of effort from the coaching staff. LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their fourth straight NL West title, winning the crown in Vin Scullys final home game when Charlie Culberson homered with two outs in the 10th inning to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Sunday.Culberson hit his first homer of the season and just sixth of his career off Boone Logan (2-5) and the ball landed in the lower left-field seats, touching off wild cheers and a raucous celebration at home plate. The Dodgers charged out of their dugout and surrounded Culberson, jumping up and down. They donned championship T-shirts and hats from carts wheeled on the field.The Dodgers took off their caps, turned toward Scullys broadcasting booth and held them in a salute to the 88-year-old Hall of Famer, who has just three games at San Francisco next weekend before ending his 67-year career.The Dodgers became the first NL West team to win four straight division titles.Joe Blanton (7-2) pitched the 10th to get the victory.PADRES 4, GIANTS 3SAN DIEGO -- Rookie Manuel Margot tripled in the seventh inning and scored the go-ahead run on Wil Myers single as San Diego dropped San Francisco a game behind the New York Mets in the NL wild-card race.A few minutes before this game ended, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat Colorado in 10 innings to win the NL West title. The Dodgers came into Sunday seven games ahead of the Giants.Margot, called up Wednesday from Pacific Coast League champion El Paso, tripled to right center off Cory Gearrin (3-2) with one out in the seventh and scored on Myers single to right.Margot doubled in the first and hit an RBI single in the second, both off rookie Ty Blach, who was making his first big league start, in place of the injured Johnny Cueto.Brandon Morrow (1-0) got two outs for the victory. Brad Hand got the last five outs for his first save.CUBS 3, CARDINALS 1CHICAGO -- David Ross homered and teamed with Jon Lester for another scoreless performance, and Chicago hurt St. Louis wild-card chances.Ben Zobrist had three hits and scored two runs as Chicago finished with a major league-best 57-24 home record. Its the most home wins for the Cubs since they went 58-19 at the West Side Grounds in 1910.The Cardinals lost for the third time in four games, wasting a chance to improve their playoff positioning. They remain a half-game back of San Francisco for the second NL wild card.Lester (19-4), one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young Award, struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three hits and walked one while improving to 10-0 with 1.34 ERA in his last 13 starts.Carlos Martinez (15-9) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.WHITE SOX 3, INDIANS 0CLEVELAND -- Carlos Rodon struck out a career-high 11 over eight dominant innings and the Chicago White Sox denied Cleveland any chance of winning the AL Central title by beating the Indians 3-0 on Sunday.Rodon (8-10) blanked the Indians on just two singles and easily handled the division leaders who still havent wrapped up a playoff spot and have gone flat at the worst time possible. Cleveland needed to win its regular-season finale at home and Detroit to lose to Kansas City for the Indians to clinch their first division championship since 2007.Now, they will have to try and do it on the road against the Tigers, whom theyve beaten 13 times in 15 games this season. The clubs open a four-game series Monday at Comerica Park.It was a disappointing finish for the Indians at Progressive Field, where they went 50-27 and had 11 walk-off wins in a season of comebacks. Cleveland had three errors for the second straight game.Carlos Sanchez had two RBI off Josh Tomlin (12-9).BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 3TORONTO -- Ezequiel Carrera drove in the tying run with a squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, Edwin Encarnacion hit a winning single and Toront hled its AL wild-card lead.Toronto leads Baltimore by 1 1/2 games for the top AL wild-card spot. The Blue Jays have won a team-record eight straight at home against the Yankees.New York ended its 33-inning scoreless streak, but lost for the 11th time in 14 games.After the Yankees scored twice in the ninth off closer Roberto Osuna (3-2) for a 3-2 lead, the Blue Jays bounced back.Dellin Betances walked Melvin Upton Jr. to begin the bottom of the ninth and took third when Kevin Pillar singled off Tyler Clippard (3-6). Carrera followed with a squeeze bunt, and both runners advanced as Clippards attempted scoop sent the ball rolling past catcher Gary Sanchez toward the backstop.Clippard struck out Devon Travis before Josh Donaldson was intentionally walked to load the bases. Encarnacions slow roller between first and second scored the winning run.ORIOLES 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1BALTIMORE -- Hyun Soo Kim hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and Baltimore completed a three-game sweep of Arizona.The Orioles entered the day a half-game ahead of Detroit for the second AL wild card and trailed Toronto by 1 1/2 games for the top spot. The Orioles begin a crucial three-game series at the Blue Jays on Tuesday.Baltimore finished the regular season 50-31 at Camden Yards. Arizona has been swept 13 times this season, including six on the road.Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy (10-6) allowed the one run on three hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Baltimores Zach Britton picked up his American League-leading 46th save in 46 chances. Manny Machado went 2 for 4 for his team-high 54th multi-hit game.ROYALS 12, TIGERS 9DETROIT -- Salvador Perez homered to cap a cycle by Kansas Citys first four batters of the game, and the Royals went deep three more times to beat Detroit and drop the Tigers in the AL wild-card race.The defending World Series champions avoided elimination from this years postseason race by chasing Detroit starter Matt Boyd (6-5) before he retired a hitter. Kansas City started the game with a single, a triple and a double before Perezs two-run homer made it 4-0.The Tigers fell 1 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second wild-card spot. The loss cut Clevelands magic number to clinch the AL Central to one --- the Indians start a four-game series in Detroit on Monday night. Drew Bledsoe Jersey. RED SOX 3, RAYS 2, 10 INNINGSST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dustin Pedroia used nifty baserunning to score from first base on David Ortizs double in the 10th inning and AL East-leading Boston won its 11th straight.Pedroia singled off Eddie Gamboa (0-1) to start the inning. The relay throw on Ortizs hit to right center beat Pedroia to plate but he avoided Luke Mailes first tag. Pedroias momentum carried him past the plate and when he went back to touch it Maile was charged with an error when the ball dropped out his glove on another tag try.Joe Kelly (4-0) went 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win.Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez struck out a career-high 13 in 5 1/3 innings.METS 17, PHILLIES 0NEW YORK -- Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam, Jose Reyes drove in four runs and the Mets got the largest shutout victory in team history to maintain the NL wild-card lead.On an afternoon when batters circled the bases like the cartoon Gashouse Gorillas, the Mets romped in their final regular-season game at Citi Field.Reyes batted four straight times with the bases loaded and Cabrera hit his 23rd home run this season. Curtis Granderson reached 30 home runs for the first time since 2012 and rookie Robert Gsellman (3-2) allowed three hits over seven innings.New Yorks previous high for runs in a shutout was 14, against the Chicago Cubs in 1965 and Cincinnati in 1998.Wearing 1986 commemorative uniforms, New York began the day tied with San Francisco for the NLs two wild cards, a half-game ahead of St. Louis.Jake Thompson (3-6) allowed three runs and five hits in four innings.REDS 4, BREWERS 2MILWAUKEE -- Brandon Finnegan pitched five scoreless innings in his final start of the season, lifting the Cincinnati past Milwaukee.Finnegan (10-11) scattered three hits and struck out four, needing only 54 pitches to get through five innings. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his fourth save in five chances.Finnegan, obtained in the July 2015 trade that sent Johnny Cueto to Kansas City, went 4-3 with a 2.23 ERA in his final 11 starts. The left-hander pitched 172 innings this year, up from 105 1/3 innings splitting time between the major and minor leagues in 2015.Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta (7-11) pitched six innings, allowing three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and three walks while striking out five.ASTROS 4, ANGELS 1HOUSTON -- Joe Musgrove pitched seven strong innings, Evan Gattis, Tony Kemp and Tyler White homered, and Houston snapped a three-game slide to preserve its playoff hopes.Houston began the day three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card spot.Musgrove (4-4, 4.06 ERA) allowed one run on seven hits while striking out four.Closer Ken Giles rebounded from a blown save in Fridays 10-6 loss to Los Angeles. He walked one and struck out two in the ninth for his 14th save.Daniel Wright (0-5, 6.95) lasted six innings for the Angels. He gave up three runs on seven hits, including two homers, while striking out four and walking two.MARINERS 4, TWINS 3MINNEAPOLIS -- Nelson Cruz homered twice before leaving with left wrist soreness, Jesus Sucre homered for the first time in 14 months and Seattle beat Minnesota.Taijuan Walker (7-11) danced around danger for most of his 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and three earned runs. Nick Vincent, Steve Cishek and Edwin Diaz then combined for 3 2/3 innings of no-hit relief, including Diazs 17th save in 19 chances.Trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2001, Seattle is 2 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second American League wild-card spot with a week to play.Max Kepler homered and Robbie Grossman had three hits for Minnesota in its 100th loss. This is the second time in team history the Twins have had triple-digit losses: The 1982 squad finished 60-102.Hector Santiago (12-10) allowed four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings for Minnesota.ATHLETICS 7, RANGERS 1OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jharel Cotton pitched seven crisp innings and Oakland avoided a series sweep.Ryon Healy had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs to help the As win after being shut out in back-to-back games.Adrian Beltre hit his 32nd home run for Texas.The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Friday, fell into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for home-field advantage in the playoffs. Texas (92-64) holds a slight tiebreaking advantage based on division record.Oakland will be sitting out the postseason and had lost the first five games on this homestand but ended it on an encouraging note behind Cotton (2-0). The rookie right-hander allowed one run, struck out five and faced two over the minimum while quieting the Rangers potent offense.Coming off consecutive shutout losses in the first two games of the series, the As did all of their scoring in the second to chase starter Colby Lewis (6-4).NATIONALS 10, PIRATES 7PITTSBURGH -- Nationals star Bryce Harper injured his left thumb making an awkward slide to avoid a pretend tag by Pittsburgh third baseman Jung Ho Kang, and the teams later cleared the benches in Washingtons win.Harpers thumb was sore and the reigning NL MVP will have X-rays Monday.Harper led off the third inning with a triple for the NL East champions. As Harper neared third, Kang acted as if a throw was coming and faked a tag. Harper went down, was checked by a trainer and stayed in. He scored on Anthony Rendons double and was replaced in the field in the bottom half.The next time Kang came up, Nationals starter A.J. Cole threw a fastball behind him and was immediately ejected by plate umpire Jordan Baker.The benches cleared, with Washingtons Jayson Werth in the middle of the skirmish. Pirates outfielder Sean Rodriguez was ejected.Washington rallied for five runs in the eighth off former teammate Felipe Rivero (1-5).Shawn Kelley (3-2) got the win. Former Pirates closer Mark Melancon got his 43rd save. ' ' '

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