A-Rod, Yankees at odds: After a Yankees team doctor diagnosed third baseman Alex Rodriguez with a strained left quadriceps on the final day of his injury rehabilitation assignment Sunday, Rodriguez asked another doctor for a second opinion. Dr. Michael Gross said during an interview on WFAN radio Wednesday that he examined Rodriguez's MRI scan earlier in the day, saying, "To be perfectly honest, I don't see any sort of injury there."
Gross never personally examined Rodriguez. ESPN.com reported that Rodriguez's representatives began supplying details to the media to support Rodriguez's belief that the Yankees and Major League Baseball are conspiring to keep him off the field as he faces a ban from MLB for alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Rodriguez is one of more than a dozen players under investigation by MLB for alleged ties to a Florida clinic accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
The Associated Press reported later Wednesday that Gross was reprimanded this year by New Jersey's board of medical examiners over steroid prescriptions.
Rangers 3, Yankees 1: Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning of his Texas debut, and A.J. Pierzynski and David Murphy homered to power the Rangers.
Dodgers 8, Blue Jays 3: Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer in a five-run 10th inning, and Yasiel Puig also homered as Los Angeles won its sixth straight.
Mariners: Manager Eric Wedge sustained what the club called a "very mild stroke." He was released from a Seattle hospital Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery. Wedge, 45, was hospitalized Monday when he complained about lightheadedness during batting practice. Wedge will miss the Mariners' next three series.
-- ASSOCIATED PRESS