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Oct 2 (The Sports Xchange) - Alex Rodriguez and his representatives argued in the appeal of a 211-game suspension that the New York Yankees third baseman thought he was taking legal supplements supplied by the Biogenesis of America clinic, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

The Daily News cited sources from this week's hearings with Major League Baseball that Rodriguez says he was duped by Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now-shuttered Florida clinic. Bosch told investigators that Rodriguez knew what he was taking.

Rodriguez was suspended Aug. 5 for alleged violations of MLB's drug agreement and labor contract and for interfering with the investigation. He appealed and finished the season with the Yankees after returning from hip surgery and a prolonged rehab during the offseason.

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The Chicago Cubs have an opening for a manager and an interest in Joe Girardi, according to an ESPN report.

The Cubs see Girardi as an attractive candidate to replaced Dale Sveum, who was fired after a second consecutive dismal season as manager of the rebuilding team.

Girardi's contract with the Yankees expires Oct. 31 and he can't negotiate with another team unless his current employer grants him permission.

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Second baseman Dan Uggla is not included on the Atlanta Braves' 25-man roster for the National League Division Series.

Uggla, the Braves' highest paid player at $13 million, struggled this season, batting .179 with 22 home runs and 55 RBIs. Since returning from August eye surgery, Uggla was hitting .133 and had struck out 25 times.

The Braves face the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Turner Field in the best-of-five division series opener.

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After finishing the 2013 season with 111 losses and a 15-game losing streak, the Houston Astros made several changes on their coaching staff.

Pitching coach Doug Brocail will become a senior pitching advisor and special assistant to general manager Jeff Luhnow, while first base coach Dave Clark and bullpen coach Dennis Martinez were dismissed, the team announced. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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