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MEXICO CITY — Alex Rodriguez said his seasonlong suspension could be a benefit, allowing him to rest and return to the Yankees for the final three years of his contract.

Speaking late Wednesday during a promotional appearance, Rodriguez declined to talk specifically about his suspension for violating baseball’s drug agreement.

Rodriguez, in his first public comments since arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s decision Saturday, said he wanted to end his career with New York.

“The 2014 season could be a big help for me,” Rodriguez said. “It might serve as a break and close the chapter.”

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Rodriguez, who will be 39 when the 2015 season opens, repeated several times that this part of his life had not been completed.

“I want to retire in New York, and I think the rest will do me good,” he added. “For me, the book isn’t finished. There are still chapters to finish.”

Rodriguez vowed to continue fighting the doping ban through the courts.

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Ever since the game was invented, before television or radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key decisions will be made in a studio far away.

Major League Baseball vaulted into the 21st century of technology on Thursday, approving a huge expansion of instant replay. Each manager will be allowed to challenge at least one call per game. If he’s right, he gets another challenge. After the seventh inning, a crew chief can request a review on his own if the manager has used his challenges.

All reviews will be done by current umpires at a replay center in New York.


• Tampa Bay ace David Price agreed to a $14 million, one-year deal with the Rays.

• Catcher John Jaso agreed to a $2.3 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.

• Other one-year signings: right-hander Kyle Kendrick, Phillies, $7,675,000; right-hander Burke Badenhop, Red Sox, $2.15 million; catcher Francisco Cervelli, Yankees, $700,000; outfielder Chris Heisey, Reds, $1.76 million; left-hander Franklin Morales, Rockies, $1,712,500; right-hander Wilton Lopez, Rockies, $2.2 million.

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