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MLB Roundup: Yankees fine Rodriguez

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The New York Yankees fined third baseman Alex Rodriguez more than $150,000, ESPNNewYork.com reported.

Rodriguez was assessed the fine for missing a July 12 meeting with Major League Baseball officials to discuss his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal and seeking a second medical opinion on an injury without notifying the team first.

Rodriguez has been playing since Monday after appealing a 211-game suspension stemming from his associations with Biogenesis.

A letter written by Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was reportedly hand-delivered to Rodriguez before Friday's game against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Part of it reads: "The club contemplates discipline for your most recent violation of the Collective Bargaining Agreement." The letter does not specify how the dollar figure was settled on, but the $153,846 amount equates to one day's pay under Rodriguez's contract, in which he makes $28 million this year.

---Former major leaguer Jack Clark, who accused Albert Pujols of taking performance-enhancing drugs, was fired Saturday from his new radio show on WGNU 920-AM.

The radio station abruptly announced it was pulling the plug on Clark's show, co-hosted by Kevin Slaten, after just seven shows.

In his first week on his St. Louis show, Clark not only accused Pujols of being a "juicer," he also said Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander showed signs of using PEDs.

---Toronto Blue Jays right-handed starter Josh Johnson cleared waivers, according to CBSSports.com.

Johnson can be traded to any team, though not probable. He was one of the best pitchers in the major leagues a few years ago but has struggled with injuries in recent years and carries a hefty salary. He is also not having a good year, performance-wise.

Johnson makes $13.75 million this season. He is 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA and is allowing opponents to bat .305 against him.

---Toronto Blue Jays left-handed pitcher Juan Perez was placed on the 60-day disabled list Saturday with a torn ligament in his pitching elbow.

The club recalled right-hander Mickey Storey from Class AAA Buffalo.

Perez, who is 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 appearances this year, left in the seventh inning of Friday's 14-6 loss to the Oakland A's after throwing 56 pitches in 1 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed five runs -- all earned -- four hits, two walks and struck out three.

Perez is 1-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 19 relief appearances this year.

---Former major leaguer and area scout Johnny Logan died Friday. He was 86.

Logan, a four-time All-Star, played 13 seasons in the major leagues. He batted .268 with 93 home runs. The shortstop played for the Boston and Milwaukee Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He received MVP votes each year from 1952-57 and was an All-Star in 1955 and 1957-59. He helped Milwaukee win the World Series in 1957.
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