MLB Eyes Monday Deadline For A-Rod, Others Linked To Biogenesis

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Pressure to get suspensions over with before the playoffs could force an end to negotiations in baseball’s latest drug scandal.

Major League Baseball is expected to announce its suspensions on Monday, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman.

That leaves just a few days for Alex Rodriguez and 13 others to accept suspensions for their ties to the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. While A-Rod is expected to get a lengthy ban, a penalty starting that day would allow Texas All-Star outfielder Nelson Cruz to return for October.

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Major League Baseball is prepared to issue two simultaneous announcements, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press on Thursday. One would list players who accept suspensions; the other would name those disciplined without deals, but who could challenge penalties before an arbitrator.

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