Sports

8:13am

Tue August 6, 2013
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Boos And A Blooper For A-Rod

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez during Monday's game in Chicago.
Brian Kersey UPI /Landov

Here's a better look and listen to what it was like Monday night in Chicago when New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup on the same day he was hit with a 211-game suspension for allegedly using performance-enhancing substances (he can play while he appeals that punishment).

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5:36am

Tue August 6, 2013
Sports

Major League Baseball Works To Win Fans' Trust

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:06 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

So now the challenge for Major League Baseball: Winning back the trust of fans. The suspensions themselves were a start but there is a wrinkle because, as we've heard, Alex Rodriguez is appealing his 211-game ban. It means the narrative in baseball will continue to be about suspicions rather than the play on the field.

Joining us now to talk about the league and its efforts is NPR's Mike Pesca. Good morning, Mike.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

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5:36am

Tue August 6, 2013
Sports

Baseball Fans Divided Over Drug Suspensions

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 6:06 am

Major League Baseball has suspended 13 players for violating the league's drug policy. New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was suspended for more than 200 games, until the end of next season.

5:29pm

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

In Baseball, Punishments Often Come With An Asterisk

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 8:01 pm

Despite already being in the Hall of Fame, New York Yankees legend Mickey Mantle was banned from baseball in 1983, for his work for a casino. He was reinstated in 1985. MLB suspended Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for 211 regular season games Monday.
AP

By suspending New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez for 211 regular-season games — through the end of the 2014 regular season — Major League Baseball stopped short of the lifetime ban that had been threatened.

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5:11pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Sports

Alex Rodriguez Among MLB Players Suspended For Doping

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:24 pm

On Monday, Major League Baseball dropped the hammer on more than a dozen players for using performance-enhancing drugs. Twelve have accepted 50 game suspensions. Alex Rodriguez was suspended through 2014, pending appeal.

1:32pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Author Interviews

Talent Or Skill?: Homing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 11:59 pm

According to author David Epstein, hitters like the Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols look at the movement of the pitcher's shoulder, torso or hand to help them hit the ball.
Brian Bahr Getty Images

We've all had the experience of watching a great athletic performance — from gymnast Mary Lou Retton defying gravity to Michael Jordan sinking a mind-blowing turnaround jumper — and wondered: Were they born with that talent or can you get there with hard work and practice?

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12:06pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Sports

NFL: Is The Game Getting Safer?

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 12:44 pm

As fans and teams get ready for another season of football, a new study sheds light on game safety. Host Michel Martin talks with Jesse David of Edgeworth Economics about whether efforts to cut down on serious injuries are getting results.

7:33am

Mon August 5, 2013
The Two-Way

Baseball Suspends Alex Rodriguez For 211 Games

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 6:49 pm

He's waiting to hear his fate: New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
John Angelillo UPI /Landov

(We most recently updated this post at 6:48 p.m. ET.)

New York Yankees' slugger Alex Rodriguez, one of baseball's brightest stars and its highest-paid player, will be suspended through the 2014 regular season because he violated parts of baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league said today.

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5:52am

Mon August 5, 2013
Sports

A-Rod Said To Be Facing Long Suspension From Baseball

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Major League Baseball appears set to hand down suspensions to several players implicated in performance enhancing drug use. New York Yankees All-Star Alex Rodriguez is the biggest name by far on that list and he also faces the longest suspension. NPR's Mike Pesca joins us now for an update. Good morning.

MIKE PESCA, BYLINE: Hello.

MONTAGNE: So what length of penalty does Alex Rodriguez face?

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7:03am

Sun August 4, 2013
Sports

Pro-Bowl Struggles To Gain Popularity

Originally published on Sun August 4, 2013 11:39 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

A lot of sports have all-star games: baseball, basketball, hockey - the best of the best facing off against each other. But football's all-star game, well, it's having a little bit of trouble. The Pro Bowl, as it's called, has struggled for audiences. So, this past week, the NFL and the player's union declared new rules which they hope will fix the problems. And it just so happens that NPR's Mike Pesca has some thoughts about all of this. Hey, Mike.

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