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Minor-league team cancels Alex Rodriguez juice box promotion

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees

Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on May 19, 2015 in Washington. Credit: Getty Images / Patrick Smith

Here's one for the books: The Yankees came to Alex Rodriguez's defense Friday to halt what they considered an inappropriate promotional event by a minor-league team at his expense.

The Charlotte Stone Crabs on Friday night canceled a planned "A-Rod Juice Box Night" promotion for the team's game against the Tampa Yankees in the Florida State League.

The Stone Crabs, a Class A (but apparently not class-y) affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, canceled it after complaints from the Yankees and Rays.

"We have taken many steps in the last few hours to get them to cease and desist,'' Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo told the Tampa Bay Times, which first reported the event's cancellation.

The Stone Crabs had offered a free juice box to the first 500 fans. Any fan who brought an A-Rod T-shirt, hat or other merchandise would get a free ticket and the item would be donated to charity.

In a photo illustration on the team's Facebook and Twitter pages, a woman was seen drinking from a juice box with a label that said side effects of drinking it included "tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!"

The Stone Crabs issued an apology Friday night that did not mention A-Rod: "The Charlotte Stone Crabs organization would like to apologize for the insensitive nature of tonight's promotion. We in no way meant any ill intent or to offend anyone through this promotion. We sincerely apologize to the New York Yankees organization, the Tampa Bay Rays organization and anyone offended by this promotion."



Masahiro Tanaka will make his second rehab start Wednesday for Scranton/ Wilkes-Barre against Triple-A Pawtucket in Rhode Island. He is set to throw 65 pitches.

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