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13 Players Suspended For Connection With Biogenesis, Including A-Rod

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12 players will serve 50 game suspensions; Alex Rodriguez may face a 211 game suspension.

13 Players Suspended For Connection With Biogenesis, Including A-Rod

Major League Baseball came to a decision on punishments for 12 players who have been connected with the Biogenesis scandal. These 12 players will serve 50 game suspensions and the list includes All-Stars Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers.

The nine other players suspended were Antonio Bastardo, Philadelphia Phillies reliever; Francisco Cervelli, New York Yankees catcher who is currently on the DL; Jordany Valdespin, New York Mets outfielder (minors); Jesus Montero, Seattle Mariners catcher (minors); Cesar Puello, Mets outfielder (minors); Sergio Escalona, Houston Astros pitcher (minors); Fernando Martinez, Yankees outfielder (minors); Fautino De Los Santos, free-agent pitcher; and Jordan Norberto, free-agent pitcher.

The MLB also came to a decision on Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez. If the suspension stands, the 14-time All-Star faces a 211 game suspension and a loss of approximately $34 million dollars. He has, of course appealed the suspension and will be allowed to play for the Yankees until that suspension is heard.

In a press conference before the Yankees played the Chicago White Sox on Monday night, Rodriguez commented on his situation. He called the past seven months a "nightmare." Here's what else he had to say:

"Obviously, I'm disappointed with the news today. What we've always fought for is the process and I think we have that, and I think at some point we'll sit in front of an arbiter and we'll give our case. That's as much as I feel comfortable saying right now."

"I am thrilled and humbled to have the opportunity to put on this uniform again and to play major league baseball again. I feel like I was 18 years old back in Fenway Park in 1994 when I went in to face the Red Sox for the very first time. It's been 20 years ... very excited to get out there to play baseball and to help my team win and to prove to myself, my teammates, the fans of New York, the fans of baseball, that I still have a shot to play the game at a high level and I'm going to give it my best."

Chicago welcomed Rodriguez with a chorus of boos and chants of "Steroids! Steroids!"

The third baseman went 1 for 4 with a single in his first at bat. The Yankees fell to the Sox 8-1.

According to the YES Network, last night's game was the most viewed Yankees game of 2013. The game averaged a 4.34 TV HH (Television Households) rating (an average of about 393,000 viewers). The telecast peaked with an 8.22 avg. TV HH rating (756,000 avg. total viewers) from 8:30-8:45 p.m.

Check out Bleacher Report's "Timeline of Alex Rodriguez's Rise and Fall."

Over the past 24 hours, there have been many responses to the action taken by the MLB, and here's what former Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria said:

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