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MLB Roundup: Rodriguez could face 214-game suspension

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Major League Baseball is no longer negotiating a settlement with New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez and could hand him a 214-game suspension, the New York Daily News reported Saturday.

Rodriguez said Friday after a minor league rehab game for Double-A Trenton that he believes the Yankees and the league want him banned so they can avoid paying $95 million left on his contract.

MLB officials responded by rejecting Rodriguez's request to negotiate a suspension settlement, a league source told the Daily News. Players Association chief Michael Weiner reportedly reached out to the league to discuss a settlement but was told that MLB no longer wants to negotiate with Rodriguez.

---The New York Mets placed third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a right hamstring strain.

Wright had an MRI taken earlier in the morning, which revealed the injury.

Wright left Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals after running out an infield single in the 10th inning. The 30-year-old is batting .309 with 16 home runs and 54 RBI with a .391 on-base percentage this year.

Outfielder Mike Baxter was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Wright's spot on the roster.

---The Atlanta Braves activated outfielder B.J. Upton from the 15-day disabled list.

Upton is recovered from a strained right adductor, which he injured on July 12. He finished a rehab assignment Friday night for Class AAA Gwinnett.

The Braves placed catcher Gerald Laird on the disabled list retroactive to July 26.

---Roger Clemens is scheduled to be part of a Mariano Rivera ceremony in Houston when the New York Yankees visit the Astros in late September.

The Sept. 27-29 series is the last one of the regular season for both teams. If the Yankees do not make the American League playoffs, it will be Rivera's final series of his career as he is set to retire at the end of the season.

---The Oakland A's optioned left-handed starter Tommy Milone to Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday.

Milone struggled Friday night in taking an 8-3 loss against the Texas Rangers. His record fell to 9-9 and ERA dropped to 4.39 on the season after he allowed nine hits and six earned runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

The club called up right-handed reliever Evan Scribner to take Milone's roster spot.
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