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August 20, 2013

A-Rod fighting a two-front war

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NEW YORK —

Not quite the ideal relationship between boss and employee.

But Rodriguez and the Yankees have never been typical. And their dealings with each other just get stranger and stranger, stirring memories of the George Steinbrenner-Billy Martin-Reggie Jackson battles of the 1970s.

A-Rod always has been about the biggest: startling statistics and record-setting contracts.

And now he is mounting a huge legal effort as he tries to overturn the 211-game drug suspension announced Aug. 5 by baseball commissioner Bud Selig for violations of the drug agreement and labor contract. The Yankees third baseman has four law firms and one investigations company working for him at the moment and has used six law firms in all since the start of the year.

In a story that gets more delicious by the day, his latest lawyer sparred with Major League Baseball on Monday, when the league asked for permission to make its drug case evidence public and Joseph Tacopina refused. A few hours later, a woman indicted last year for stalking Cashman asked for a court order to block Tacopina from representing A-Rod, claiming the firm had been doing work for her.

The Yankees didn’t even have a game, taking a day off before opening a homestand with a day-night doubleheader against Toronto.

Some players on opposing teams have criticized MLB’s drug agreement for allowing Rodriguez on the field while his discipline is being appealed to arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. The rules state penalties for a first offender who appeals are stayed until upheld by an arbitrator.

“How is he still playing? He obviously did something and he’s playing. I’m not sure that’s right,” Red Sox pitcher John Lackey told the Boston Globe last week. “It’s pretty evident he’s been doing stuff for a lot of years I’ve been facing him.”

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