For Alex Rodriguez, the decision of whether to accept a suspension or fight on comes down to dollars and sense. As the day for arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to rule on Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game ban draws near -- some think it could come as soon as Friday -- the beleaguered slugger has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban without attempting to get an injunction delaying his punishment, according to a source in A-Rod's camp.
The amount of money it would cost A-Rod to take his case to court would costs millions of dollars and there is no guarantee you would even win, something that apparently beginning to sink in for him. It is anticipated that the reduced suspension would be around 100 games, which means he would be able to return sometime next season, which is key for the 38-year old veteran.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Chris Sale will make his next start on Monday.
Sale is chasing history on Monday, as he looks to break Pedro Martinez's 1999 record of consecutive games with 10+ strikeouts. Both Sale and Pedro are sitting at eight straight games, but on Monday Sale has the opportunity to set the bar at nine. It's tough to find a better fantasy pitching option right now than Sale (maybe Max Scherzer), so sit back and enjoy the ride. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Mike Montgomery will make his scheduled start on Sunday.
Montgomery, the Mariners young left-hander, is riding back-to-back complete game shutouts, one of which was a one-hitter. It's tough to be hotter than Montgomery is right now, considering his perfect ERA (0.00), strikeout total (17), and hits allowed (6) over the last two starts, so lets sit back on Sunday and see if he can finally complete the no-hitter against the Oakland A's. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Diamondbacks announce Patrick Corbin will start on Saturday.
Corbin has been saying to the media for the past couple of weeks that he's "feeling ready to go" and that he is confident that his stuff is "just as good as it was before". If we choose to believe him, Corbin will be a solid start on Saturday, but coming off a long rehabbed surgery, it might be better to wait on Corbin until he shows a body of work in his post surgery career. Analysis: Dom Murtha