Touch 'Em All: A-Rod stays mum on poker investigation

Alex Rodriguez will miss four to six weeks to have surgery on his right knee. (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)
Alex Rodriguez will miss four to six weeks to have surgery on his right knee. (Paul J. Bereswill/AP)
Posted: August 05, 2011

For the moment, Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is dealing with his poker controversy by standing pat.

His publicist, Richard Rubenstein, said in a statement Thursday that Rodriguez is looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation of his alleged involvement in illegal poker games, as reported in the tabloid Star Magazine.

The article contained "numerous factual inaccuracies," Rubenstein said without elaborating.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez, who is on a rehab assignment in Tampa, Fla., is not saying as much.

Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa just before noon, pulled up in his Mercedes, and then spoke with reporters for several minutes about his recovery from knee surgery. But when asked if he would not discuss the poker games, he said "yep" and walked to his car.

Star reported that Rodriguez "played in an underground, illegal poker game where cocaine was openly used, and even organized his own high-stakes game, which ended with thugs threatening players."

Molina suspended for 5

As everyone in the universe expected, MLB has suspended St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina for five games for bumping an umpire several times and spraying him with spittle in Tuesday night's wild game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Molina, who was also fined an undisclosed amount, will not appeal the penalty, which began Thursday night when the Cards played in Florida.

The incident that led to the suspension began when Molina became irked after being called out on strikes by plate umpire Rob Drake in the 10th inning.

He was not only incensed, he got right up in Drake's face, bumped his chest into the umpire, and sent some spit into Drake's face.

The Cardinals beat the Brewers, 8-7, in 11 innings.

Casey at the bat

The Brewers' Casey McGehee hit three home runs and drove in five runs in Wednesday's 10-5 pounding of the Cardinals, a feat which gave MLB a chance to trot out all kinds of statistics:

The third baseman was the 16th player in Brewers history (and the second this season, joining Corey Hart) to homer three times in a game.

He was the eighth player this season to hit three in a game. He joined Hart, Carlos Beltran, Jose Bautista, Jason Giambi, Carlos Quentin, Aubrey Huff, and Chris Heisey.

And, he was the sixth NL player to hit three home runs in a game. The last time the NL saw that many players do it was in 2006, when eight players did so: Albert Pujols [twice], Alfonso Soriano, Chipper Jones, Cody Ross, Damion Easley, Jose Reyes, and Ryan Howard.

Giants show their claws

Maybe the San Francisco Giants are really tough after all. According to an Associated Press report, the Giants are considering bringing in falcons to deal with the pesky seagulls who regularly show up at AT&T Park to feast on leftover popcorn, pizza, sushi, fries, hot dogs, and whatnot.

"Most of the time they're up on the roof of the building, on the glove [in left field], on the light towers. When people leave, they come down," said Jorge Costa, the Giants' senior vice president of ballpark operations.

But this season the birds have been more aggressive, foraging before the games are over and bothering fans while doing so. Hence, the falcons.


Contact staff writer Francisco Delgado at fdelgado@phillynews.com.

This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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