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MLB roundup: A-Rod went to Conte for legal supplements

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BALCO founder Victor Conte told the New York Daily News that he met with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez last year about obtaining legal supplements.

Rodriguez tried to arrange a meeting with Conte in Los Angeles or New York through former NFL player Bill Romanowski, but Conte declined. However, the two showed up at Conte's office in May 2012.

Romanowski admitted in 2003 to using steroids that he received from Conte.

Conte said he met with Major League Baseball's department of investigations for two hours last week, telling investigators that Rodriguez came to his office uninvited in the hopes of finding legal supplements.

Conte went to prison in 2005 for supplying several world-class athletes with performance enhancing drugs. He now runs Scientific Nutrition for Advance Conditioning, a legal sports supplement company, with his daughter, Veronica Conte.

Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension he received from MLB for his connections with Biogenesis.

---Rodriguez homered for the first time in 11 months when he launched a Justin Verlander pitch into the left-field seats in the second inning at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

---Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross left Sunday's game against the New York Mets with a dislocated hip.

Ross, 32, stumbled three steps ahead of the first-base bag while running out a grounder to third and fell face first just as he crossed the base.

It's unclear how long he will be sidelined.

---The Diamondbacks promoted third base prospect Matt Davidson from Class AAA Reno.

The 22-year-old was the MVP of the Futures Game at Citi Field in New York during the All-Star break.

Veteran infielder Eric Chavez was placed on the 15-day disabled list with hip and knee injuries. The move was retroactive to Saturday.

The club also demoted right-handed reliever David Hernandez to Reno and recalled lefty reliever Eury De La Rosa.

--- The Kansas City Royals acquired infielder Jamey Carroll from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Carroll, 39, has been used mostly at third base by the Twins this year, but has a lot of experience at second base and shortstop as well.

---The Royals placed infielder Miguel Tejada on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right calf.

Tejada, 39, was injured while diving for a ball in the seventh inning on Saturday against the Boston Red Sox. Tejada is batting .288 with three homers and 20 RBI in 53 games.

The Royals also activated All-Star catcher Salvador Perez from the seven-day concussion list.

The club also recalled infielder Irving Falu from Class AAA Omaha, optioned left-hander Donnie Joseph to Omaha, designated catcher Brett Hayes for assignment and activated right-handed pitcher Wade Davis from the family emergency leave.

---Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton left Sunday's game against the Miami Marlins with a left hamstring cramp.

He is considered day to day heading into Monday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team announced.

---Infielder Leury Garcia was officially added in the deal that sent outfielder Alex Rios from the Chicago White Sox to the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers traded Rio to the White Sox on Friday for a player to be named later. Garcia officially became that player on Sunday, the White Sox announced.

---New York Mets right-handed starter Jeremy Hefner was demoted to Class AAA Las Vegas but may be placed on the 15-day disabled list instead.

He is 0-2 with a 9.13 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. Hefner may go on the DL after tests are done on his throwing elbow Monday.

Right-handed starter Jonathan Niese returned from the disabled list.
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