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MLB roundup: Rodriguez suspended through 2014

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Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced Monday that New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season -- including the playoffs -- and the entire 2014 season for violations of the Joint Drug and Prevention and Treatment Program, as well as the Basic Agreement, for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. In all, the suspension spans 211 games.

However, Rodriguez immediately appealed the suspension and will be able to play for the Yankees until the completion of the appeals process. He was expected to start for the Yankees at the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

Twelve other players, including Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz and Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, accepted 50-game suspensions and will sit out the remainder of the 2013 regular season.

Rodriguez's suspension is longer due to the league's belief he used banned substances over the course of multiple seasons and lied to investigators when previously questioned.

The 12 players suspended for 50 games without pay and who have chosen not to appeal are:

--Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Antonio Bastardo

--San Diego Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera

--New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli

--Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz

--Padres pitcher Fautino De Los Santos, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A San Antonio Missions of the Texas League

--Houston Astros pitcher Sergio Escalona, who is currently of the roster of the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League

--Yankees outfielder Fernando Martinez, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders of the International League

--Seattle Mariners catcher Jesus Montero, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League

--Free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto

--Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta

--New York Mets outfielder Cesar Puello, who is currently on the roster of the Double-A Binghamton Mets of the Eastern League

--Mets infielder/outfielder Jordany Valdespin, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Melky Cabrera, Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon and Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal were not suspended because they have already served 50-game suspensions as a result of their connections to Biogenesis.

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez or Baltimore Orioles infielder Danny Valencia.

---Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was put back on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

Jeter, 39, has played in only five games this season because of a fractured right ankle, a quad strain and a calf injury.

Jeter is hitting .211 with one home run and two RBIs. He said Sunday the injury has been impacting his play.

The Yankees also designated utility player Brent Lillibridge for assignment and called up infielder David Adams.

---Major League Baseball suspended Milwaukee Brewers Minor League left-handed pitcher William West for 50 games without pay after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, the league announced Monday.

West is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Arizona League Brewers.
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