A-Rod says he'll retire after the 2017 season

- Controversial Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez says he'll retire after the 2017 season. He revealed his intentions during an interview with ESPN. Rodriguez returned from a one-year drug suspension last season.  "I've really enjoyed my time," he told ESPN. He said it will be time for him to focus on fatherhood.

Rodriguez sat out all of 2014 on a suspension over involvement in a performance-enhancing drug scandal. Initially he denied the allegations and vigorously fought the discipline. He sued Major League Baseball and the Yankees. But he eventually dropped the lawsuits and served the suspension.

He surprised many observers in 2015 by rebounding with a respectable performance. Rodriguez comes into the 2016 season with 687 home runs -- 75 shy of Barry Bonds career record--  3,070 hits, and 2,055 RBI.  

Rodriguez came up with the Seattle Mariners as a shortstop in 1994 when he was 18. He played seven seasons for Seattle and then three with the Texas Rangers.

He came to the Yankees in 2004, witched to third base because star Derek Jeter had dominion of shortstop, and went on to win two American League MVP awards in pinstripes. In 2009, A-Rod helped the Bombers to a World Series title. In recent years, he has been a fulltime designated hitter.

Rodriguez's admission that he took PEDs while with the Rangers and later implication in the Biogenesis scandal will forever taint his legacy and likely keep him out of the Hall of Fame.


Tanaka struggles as Yankees routed by Nationals 13-0
New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka allowed seven runs in his fourth spring training start, and the Washington Nationals rolled to a 13-0 win Wednesday night.
Tanaka, who had allowed only seven hits and two earned runs in his first three spring training starts, allowed a solo home run to Washington's Stephen Drew and a two-run homer to Wilson Ramos in a six-run third inning.
Anthony Rendon went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for Washington.  Tanaka had only thrown a total of seven innings in his previous three starts. He lasted four innings Wednesday, giving up nine hits while strikng out three.
Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, meanwhile, had his best outing of the spring. The right-hander struck out nine while allowing six hits over five scoreless innings.
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