Alex Rodriguez was unconditionally released Saturday by the New York Yankees, ending his 12 years in pinstripes and perhaps his big league career after 22 seasons.
Rodriguez, 41, had a run-scoring double in four at-bats Friday in New York’s 6-3 victory over Tampa Bay. He batted .200 with nine home runs and 31 runs batted in this season.
The 14-time All-Star and three-time most valuable player has 3,115 hits and 696 home runs, fourth all-time.
Rodriguez’s 2,086 RBIs are second to Hank Aaron’s 2,297. He is a career .295 hitter.
Washington Nationals right fielder Bruce Harper received an MRI exam for a neck injury. He was out of the lineup for a fifth consecutive game. ... The Nationals released former closer Jonathan Papelbon. ... Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley, who has played in only 11 games this season, will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder Monday.