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Rodriguez arrives for appeal hearings

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez arrived at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York on Monday morning as appeal hearings of his 211-game suspension resumed.

Missing were the Rodriguez supporters who lined the streets outside the building cheering for him when the hearings began in October.

After MLB presented its case last month, it is Rodriguez's turn to provide his defense.

"I'm excited to get back in there," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez might testify this week as he battles a suspension that could cause his to miss the 2014 season. ESPNNewYork.com reported that Rodriguez's legal team is hesitant to let him testify because the suspension could be worsened if it is discovered that he is lying.

Rodriguez missed an interview with MLB investigators Friday because of an illness.

Rodriguez was suspended Aug. 5 after an MLB investigation of former South Florida anti-aging clinic, Biogenesis, linked him to performance-enhancing drugs. He played the rest of the season under appeal.

The hearings could last at least five days. Assuming it ends at that point, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz may take another 25 days to make a decision.
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