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NEW YORK CITY, New York (AFP) – Disgraced New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, slapped with a 211-game ban earlier this week, has filed an appeal against the suspension, U.S. media reported.

Major League Baseball banned the third baseman and 12 other players Monday following a probe into the Florida-based Biogenesis of America clinic, which has been accused of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.

Sports network ESPN said the appeal was filed by the Major League Baseball Players Association on behalf of Rodriguez.

Rodriguez’s suspension officially begins Thursday but he is playing for New York while he appeals.

The other 12 players accepted 50-game suspensions for their connection to the now-closed south Florida anti-aging clinic.

Rodriguez is eligible to play until his case is heard by an arbitrator though a final decision may not come until after the season-ending World Series.

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Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch

When it rains, pieces of glass, pottery, and metal rise through the mud in the hills surrounding my Maryland home. The other day, I walked outside barefoot to fetch one of my kid's shoes and a pottery shard stabbed me in the heel. Nursing a minor infection, I wondered how long that fragment dated back.

A neighbor of mine found what he said looked like a cartridge case from an old percussion-cap rifle in his pumpkin patch. He told us that the battle of Monocacy had been fought on these grounds in July 1864, with 1,300 Union and 900 Confederate troops killed or wounded here. The stuff that surfaces in my fields when it storms may or may not be battle artifacts, but it does remind me that the past lingers and that modern America was formed in a civil war.

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