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Ball is reeling and for the Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez the fight just began.
A-Rod says the past seven months has been a nightmare.
And an hour from now he'll make his season debut almost unthinkable -- for the Bronx bombers despite a suspension that threatens to effectively end his career.
Alex Rodriguez arrived at the locker room it's a -- US cellular field today and just a short time ago he said he was humbled.
To -- have the opportunity to put on the pinstripes again.
Is very excited to to have opportunity brought -- play baseball.
And help my team win when.
And prove to myself.
The fans in New York.
The fan of baseball.
That I had to stop a shot to.
To play the game at a high level.
That suspension from Major League Baseball starts this Thursday covers 211 games.
It runs through the entirety of this season the regular season and all of next season.
But -- as indicated he will appeal which would allow him to keep playing during that whole process.
Remember all of this is over that now closed clinic this clinic in Florida that's accused of detailing.
And dealing in human growth hormone and other performance enhancing drugs.
Human growth hormone is not a steroid but baseball and other sports banned its use.
The MLB today also suspended twelve other players for fifty games three of those players are former or current all stores.
But none is as high profile as Alex Rodriguez.
The three time American League MVP has earned a whopping 300 million dollars over his career.
He's right now fifth on the all time home run list -- also faces the most serious accusations in this scandal but for.
We have team fox coverage of today's developments Trace Gallagher is live with more on those -- twelve players.
First let's get Adam Housley and A-Rod spoke in less that -- I guess about the last hour take us through it if you would.
Yes separated about a half an hour going through some pretty serious questions you never really common and on whether or not he took performance enhancing drugs.
And he really just summed up a situation like this.
-- there's nothing about it as an easing.
All of it has been challenging.
I'm sure there's been mistakes made along the way we're here now -- and human -- I have had two hip surgery that had Tunisia and knee surgeries.
I'm fighting -- my life I have to send myself an amount and defend myself no one else wealth.
Right before that as a manager Joseph Girardi says he has not asked Allen brought out -- -- every able to PD's but here's what he thinks Obama.
I don't think there's any room for PD's in baseball.
I think the record should be.
Accomplish the right way and I think it's through hard work.
I don't believe in short -- because I think everyone gets shortchanged when the short -- so I believe the only way to do it is through hard work.
-- game time is about an hour.
In Chicago back to you.
-- good thanks and out of those twelve players who opted not to challenge the suspension.
Tee box gives you -- Trace Gallagher and that's part of the story and -- remaining doesn't a couple of big names.
-- and back -- if you look at this list does six of them aren't even in the big leagues anymore you've got six have been sent down in the minor leagues you've got one that's on the disabled list and one more that is already been released of the four remaining names the two big ones are Nelson Cruz he's a right fielder for the Texas Rangers he leads his team in home runs and RBIs.
And he says he took performance enhancing drugs because of a pre season intestinal virus saying quoting here I made an error in judgment that I deeply regret and accept full responsibility for that error I should have handled the situation differently.
And my illness was no excuse the tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta made the all star team this year was having a breakout year he made no excuses saying quote.
My greatest punishment is knowing that I have let so many good people down.
I promised to do everything possible to try and -- back the respect.
That I have lost brawl -- is one of the few players to fully fess up in this scandal -- And some players today -- got cleared by -- Yeah in -- one of those was Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia the other one the Washington Nationals pitcher GO Gonzalez they were both -- Gonzales said and I'm quoting here.
With this process now complete I have no lingering sense of animosity.
As I quickly realized that the objective of this investigation was to clean up our game and remember three other players already served time last year for using performance enhancing drugs they are.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera -- a's pitcher Bartolo clone.
And the San Diego Padres catcher yeah -- -- doll there is no word yet ship if more names may soon be added to this growing list shot.
We'll Trace the league has now punished a total of eighteen players for their ties to that clinic in Florida.
Including the Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan -- last month the MLB suspended the five time all star for 65 games.
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