June 8, 2013 in Sports

Yankees’ Rodriguez adds to his legal team

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Alex Rodriguez has hired David Cornwell to help in his defense in the Biogenesis of America allegations.
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By the numbers

4-13: Cleveland’s record since four-game sweep of the Mariners May 17-20.

10: RBIs in his first five games for Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers, tying the major league record shared by Danny Espinosa and Jack Merson.

The lawyer who helped overturn Ryan Braun’s drug suspension last year has been added to Alex Rodriguez’s legal team.

David Cornwell has joined Jay Reisinger to represent Rodriguez in baseball’s drug investigation, a person familiar with the hiring said Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was authorized.

His hiring was first reported by ESPN.

Cornwell successfully argued the grievance filed by the players’ association on behalf of Braun, whose positive drug test was thrown out by an arbitrator in February 2012 because the collector of the urine sample didn’t take it directly to a Federal Express office on a Saturday evening, instead storing it at home until the following Monday.

Anthony Bosch, head of the now-closed Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic, agreed this week to cooperate with MLB’s investigation. Rodriguez, Braun and more than a dozen other players have been linked to the clinic, which was accused in January by the Miami News Times of providing banned performance- enhancing drugs.

Hudson re-tears elbow ligament

Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Daniel Hudson has re-torn the ligament in his right elbow, and the team says its staff is exploring all medical options.

That potentially includes a second Tommy John reconstructive surgery.

Hudson had his first such surgery last July and had progressed to the point of making a rehab start Tuesday for Double-A Mobile. But he left the mound after feeling stiffness in the elbow.

Clearing the bases

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez and has wife have been charged with misdemeanor drug possession in the shipment of just over one-third of a pound of marijuana mailed to their home. Police in the Cleveland suburb of Rocky River say complaints were served on the two on Thursday and filed Friday in municipal court. … Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang opted out of his minor league contract with the New York Yankees and plans to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays. … Ivan Rodriguez, the 14-time All-Star catcher who spent most of his career with the Texas Rangers, will be the 16th member of the team’s hall of fame when he is inducted July 20.

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