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Alex Rodriguez declines to discuss deadline for home-run bonus

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 14, 2015 in Baltimore. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Patrick Smith

BALTIMORE - Alex Rodriguez had little reaction Sunday to a report about the latest on the home run bonus he hasn't been paid, or on the possibility that a portion of that $6 million might be donated to charity as a form of comprise.

"That stuff will work itself out," said A-Rod, who went 0-for-4 with a walk to remain at 2,995 hits.

Rodriguez hit his 660th career homer May 1 in Boston, triggering in his contract a $6-million bonus the Yankees told him during the spring they did not intend to pay because, they said, his home run achievements were not marketable because of his PED use. Monday is a soft deadline for A-Rod to appeal that decision but it could be pushed into the offseason. Or some kind of settlement could be reached, hence the charitable donation angle.

Regardless, Rodriguez wasn't interested in disclosing details Sunday.

"I'm not going into that now," he said. "All that stuff is family business and will be handled privately."

Speaking generally of charities, Rodriguez smiled and brought up one he's been involved in for years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.

"If you guys are interested in my charities, I'll be at the Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday," he said. "That's a great organization and we welcome all you guys to come out."

Warren to bullpen?

Ivan Nova threw six innings Saturday night for Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre in his second rehab start and could rejoin the Yankees' rotation as soon as next week.

"The reports on him, he threw OK," Joe Girardi said. "So I'll sit down and talk to Brian [Cashman] the next couple of days and decide what's next."

Though Adam Warren has been the club's most consistent starter the last month, he is the leading candidate to be put in the bullpen when Nova returns.

He will do so without complaint -- after all, he was one of the team's top relievers last season -- but left no doubt in his preference.


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