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AL East roundup: Alex Rodriguez, Jose Bautista, Hanley Ramirez

The Yankees are in a fight with their designated hitter over a contract bonus.

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An arbitrator will decide whether the Yankees will have to pay a $6 million bonus to Alex Rodriguez when he passes Willie Mays on the all-time home run list -- and the process could be rather long and messy, reports the New York Post.

Rodriguez has hit four home runs in 15 games this season and is just three shy of passing Mays' career mark of 660, but the team is arguing his suspension for performance enhancing drug use voids the clause in his contract that would pay him $6 million when he does so.

AL East standings 4/23:

East W L GB
Boston 9 6 -
NY Yankees 8 7 1
Toronto 8 7 1
Baltimore 7 8 2
Tampa Bay 7 8 2

AL East news & notes 4/23:

  • Ramon Flores is forcing the issue, but the Yankees don't have a spot for him - River Avenue Blues
    "The problem is the Yankees have no real spot for Flores on the roster. Not now and probably not next year either. Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury are two of the best players on the team, and, like it or not, Carlos Beltran‘s contract and track record mean he’s going to have a very long leash. It’s not going to take one injury for Flores to get a chance with the Yankees, it’ll probably take two injuries because Chris Young and Garrett Jones are ready to step in if an outfielder gets hurt. It could happen, sure, but a lot needs to go wrong."
  • Rays replacements coming through, Elmore and Dykstra plate runs - DRaysBay
    "Dykstra scored one on his single up the middle, and was lifted for the newly promoted Jake Elmore as a pinch runner. He came around and scored on a slide into home from Brandon Guyer's single to center. In the following inning, Jake Elmore got his first plate appearance and promptly homered off the formidable Edward Mujica."