MLB notebook: Report: A-Rod could get deal to avoid lifetime ban
• According to a report by the New York Daily News, the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez is facing a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball because of what is reportedly “voluminous evidence” in connection to the Biogenesis scandal. MLB is, however, offering a deal. If A-Rod doesn't fight a suspension, he'll be suspended for the rest of this season and all of next season. That would mean he could return to the Yankees in 2015. The report indicates MLB wants to hear back from A-Rod on the matter by Monday. Suspensions are without pay, so if A-Rod rejects the deal and MLB suspends him for the rest of his career, he misses out on more than $100 million.
• Tino Martinez resigned as the Marlins' hitting coach hours after complaints by players that he verbally abused them became public. Martinez was in his first year as a professional coach. He was in the dugout for Sunday's 3-2 win over the Pirates then met with Marlins officials and resigned.
• Angels slugger Albert Pujols was put on the disabled list Sunday with a tear in his left foot that could end his season. Manager Mike Scioscia said the star will be sidelined for “a significant amount of time.” Pujols has a partially torn plantar fascia, an injury that has bothered him most of the season.
• Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy will make his first start in more than a year Monday night against Colorado as he completes his comeback from elbow surgery. Beachy was 5-5, led the NL with a 2.00 ERA, and appeared bound for an All-Star appearance when his 2012 season ended after 13 starts.
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