ARLINGTON, Texas – Kenny Rogers left the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse Sunday without saying whether he will participate in the All-Star game, but later told a newspaper that he is going to Detroit.
Rogers told team officials that he wasn’t speaking to reporters after the Rangers beat Toronto 9-8 in their final game before the break. The 40-year-old left-hander didn’t respond when asked questions while walking out of the clubhouse.
The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday night on its Web site that Rogers was going, and wouldn’t be deterred by boos.
“People are going to do whatever they are going do to do,” Rogers told the newspaper by phone. “I’m going because I was voted in by the players and I earned it. I want the players to know their vote means a lot to me. I know how the players feel and if I thought it would benefit them if I didn’t go, I wouldn’t go.”
Rogers has continued to pitch while the players’ association appeals his 20-game suspension and $50,000 fine from commissioner Bud Selig for shoving two cameramen last month. Rogers’ contract includes a $50,000 bonus for being an All-Star.
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