MLB teams, fans await drug suspensions

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SAN DIEGO — A steroids scandal and pending suspensions didn’t overshadow a weekend of exciting baseball at Petco Park, but fans were definitely talking about it.

“These guys, they knew what they were doing.  They were asked about it and denied it.  Baseball needs to clean up,” said Gerry Greenhut, a Padres fan.

Monday, Major League Baseball is expected to hand down suspensions to about a dozen players linked to a Miami aging clinic.

baseball-genericThe Padres’ Yasmani Grandal and All-Star Everth Cabrera are tied to the investigation.

“Hopefully we can clean it up.  I’m sure as fans it’s difficult to deal with this, but I think we’re on the right track, trying to get rid of it.  That’s all we can really do,” said Padres third baseman Chase Headley, after his team defeated the New York Yankees 6-3 Sunday.

Most players will be hit with 50-game suspensions, but the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez will likely be suspended through the 2014 season.

A-Rod played minor league rehab games over the weekend and will rejoin the team Monday.  He’s expected to appeal any suspension.

Some fans feel he should just go away.

“He’s a cancer.  There’s always been this thing about him being with the Yankees — money and steroids.  I don’t think we need it anymore,” said Cheyenne Rodriguez, who attended Sunday’s game at Petco Park.


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