CHICAGO -- Alex Rodriguez stepped up to the plate greeted by a standing boo-vation and blooped a single in his first at-bat of the season. Hours after Major League Baseball suspended the New York Yankees star through the 2014 season in the Biogenesis drug case, Chicago White Sox fans got their say Monday night. And, boy, did they let him hear it. They jeered him during pregame warmups and introductions, and they really tore into him when he walked to the batter's box leading off the second inning. On the third pitch, Rodriguez dunked a hit into shallow left field. He made it to third base with no outs, but was stranded. Rodriguez flied out in his next two at-bats and then took a called third
The Texas Rangers third baseman was tossed from Wednesday’s 22-10 loss to the Miami Marlins, not for arguing balls and strikes, and certainly not for charging the pitcher’s mound. Instead, Beltre was ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis when he physically moved the on-deck circle, rather than following instructions to get back in the on-deck circle. The game was already decided at that point, yet Beltre appeared to be in a playful mood.
Pedro Martinez will be glad to call Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Iván Rodríguez "teammates" when they enter the MLB Hall of Fame on Sunday.