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Video: The Alex Rodriguez deal that never happened

Infielder Alex Rodriguez #13 of the Yankees fields

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ESPN's newest 30-for-30 short focuses on the Alex Rodriguez trade to the Red Sox that nearly happened -- before the Yankees stole him at the last minute.

You may know most of the details, but the excellent production features interviews with all the principals involved (sans A-Rod) including Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer.

 

App users can watch the video...

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Drake takes on Alex Rodriguez on 'Saturday Night Live'

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As if the Alex Rodriguez saga wasn't enough of a joke already.

Rapper Drake hosted "Saturday Night Live" and took on the Yankees third baseman's current situation -- which, if you've been trapped in traffic on the George Washington Bridge for the past year, involves numerous lawsuits in an effort to overturn a 162-game suspension for alleged performance-enhancing drug use.

Drake,...

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Alex Rodriguez emails with Randy Levine reveal steroid jokes, support

A composite showing Yankees president Randy Levine, left,

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Yankees president Randy Levine made steroid jokes involving Robinson Cano to Alex Rodriguez via e-mail twice during the summer of 2012, according to excerpts of several exchanges released by New York Magazine.

The series of emails allows a rare insight into the relationship between Levine and Rodriguez. What starts with lighthearted exchanges that sometimes verge on the edge of parody turns...

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Alex Rodriguez making third base the hot corner since return

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez cannot field a

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Anyone who has watched the Yankees during the three weeks since Alex Rodriguez's return from offseason hip surgery doesn't need a data set to tell them 16 games of A-Rod has been exponentially better than four months of his subpar replacements.

But we have the data, so why not look through it?

Entering Saturday night, non-Rodriguez Yankees third basemen had hit .214 with a .256 on-base...

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Could Alex Rodriguez play shortstop if needed?

Alex Rodriguez stands at third during the first

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Alex Rodriguez back at shortstop? The concept may not be so farfetched.

With Derek Jeter still rehabbing his calf strain, and Jayson Nix likely out for the rest of the season with a fractured hand, the Yankees are playing with a three-man bench consisting of one outfielder (Brett Gardner or Vernon Wells), one catcher (Austin Romine or Chris Stewart) and one first baseman (Lyle Overbay or Mark Reynolds).

Manager Joe Girardi said he preferred the extra pitching that keeping Preston Claiborne affords, given that both long-men Adam Warren and David Huff were used extensively during Wednesday's win.

So what happens if regular shortstop Eduardo Nunez, still playing with a tight hamstring, is unable to complete a game?

“[Vernon Wells] lobbied yesterday, and I said, ‘I don’t think so Vern,’” Girardi said Thursday morning. “I have some ideas.

“You start thinking, how many people do you want to move around for one position? So I have some ideas. Hopefully it doesn’t happen, but we’ll see.”

How about the Yankees current third baseman? You know, the one who used to play a pretty good shortstop before ceding the position to accommodate Jeter?

“I said ‘I have some ideas,’” Girardi said to laughter. “I have a left fielder that’s played second base, too.”

That last comment could mean Girardi doesn’t want to open the A-Rod-to-shortstop Pandora’s box and would instead prefer to shift Alfonso Soriano to second, the position he played during his first stint with the Yankees, and free-agent-to-be Robinson Cano to short.

But Pandora's box would be a pretty interesting option, too.

Jeter begins his rehab assignment Thursday in Scranton for at least two games.

Alex Rodriguez will play both games for Yankees on Tuesday

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees warms up before

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With the Yankees hosting a doubleheader Tuesday against the Blue Jays, there’s the potential for one day filled with twice the amount of all that comes with Alex Rodriguez.

At the very least, he'll have played in both games.

After Monday’s off day, A-Rod played third base and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the first game. Rodriguez was in the lineup for the second game,...

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Alex Rodriguez a performance-enhancer for Yankees

Alex Rodriguez stretches before the Yankees game against

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There is an intersection, normally begrudgingly admitted to by both sides, where stat mongers (like myself) and practitioners of the "eye test" meet.

Much as he's in the middle of everything else right now, Alex Rodriguez is also directing traffic at that intersection.

Anyone who's watched the Yankees during the two weeks since A-Rod's return from offseason hip surgery (and...

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'60 Minutes' report: A-Rod associates leaked documents on Cervelli, Braun

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"60 Minutes" is reporting Friday that members of Alex Rodriguez's "inner circle" leaked documents implicating Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drugs investigation.

The people involved reportedly gave the documents to Yahoo! Sports shortly after the Biogenesis scandal broke in late January. Braun and Cervelli...

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Alex Rodriguez hits first home run since return

Alex Rodriguez gestures after hitting a solo home

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Alex Rodriguez still has some of his old bat speed.

The embattled Yankees third baseman homered on the second pitch he saw off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, slamming a 92 mph fastball to left field. The solo shot led off the bottom of the second inning and tied the score at 1-1.

It was the first home run Rodriguez hit since returning to the Yankees on Monday in Chicago following offseason...

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Athletes react to Biogenesis suspensions on Twitter

Alex Rodriguez stretches on the on deck circle

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Major League Baseball suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez 211 games and handed out 50-game suspensions to 12 other baseball players Monday afternoon. Needless to say, there was no shortage of reaction on Twitter.

Check out some of the top Twitter reactions to the suspensions from baseball players past and present. We'll be updating this post as more athletes speak out. (Newsday...

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