Alex Rodriguez to meet with MLB about poker allegations Friday

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Judgment day is nearly upon us. OK, not really.

Alex Rodriguez told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com before tonight’s game that he will meet with MLB’s investigators Friday in Baltimore to discuss his alleged involvement in illegal high-stakes poker games.

The topic du jour will likely be the report from Star Magazine and RadarOnline earlier this month, though they will probably also ask him about his reported presence at Mohegan Sun during his rehab assignment. MLB has warned Rodriguez about his gambling habits in the past, but he is not expected to face a suspension.

Just in case you missed it earlier tonight, Rodriguez is currently day-to-day after X-rays on his left thumb came back negative.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.