New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he has beleaguered third baseman Alex Rodriguez "penciled in" to start Monday night against the Chicago White Sox.

He may want to hope that pencil has an eraser.

Reports have surfaced that Major League Baseball will be ready to announce the players and the penalties in the biogenesis scandal that has rocked the sport.  As many as a dozen players will be named and the biggest name is Rodriguez.

However, reports say the Yankees are expecting Rodriguez to be eligible to play Monday, believing the suspension will be tied to Major League Baseball's drug policy, which would make A-Rod eligible to play while his appeal is heard.

But, if the suspension by Commissioner Bud Selig is tied to the "best interests of baseball" clause, then the suspension would be effective immediately.

Ian O'Connor, a writer for, believes Commissioner Selig should be willing to meet somewhere in the middle.  Read his opinion piece here.


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