A-Rod says he's 'fortunate'

The Baltimore Sun

Saying he had a responsibility to give back, Alex Rodriguez briefly addressed the drug scandal that has enveloped his life for the past week last night in Coral Gables, Fla., when the University of Miami formally renamed its baseball field in his honor.

With his name affixed to the scoreboard in left field, Rodriguez - who was greeted by a 45-second standing ovation - spoke in public for the first time since acknowledging that he took banned substances as a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001 to 2003.

"I have been so fortunate to have received so much from a game I love so much," Rodriguez said. "That doesn't mean I haven't made mistakes, and unless you've been in a cave under the ocean this last week, you know that I've made some. What it does mean is that I understand only in America can you dream big, work hard and be rewarded beyond your wildest dreams."

Rodriguez spoke for about seven minutes, opening his remarks by acknowledging the dozens of cameras there for his appearance - his "dysfunctional family," Rodriguez called that group - and closing by mentioning the scandal that shook baseball.

Rodriguez gave a $3.9 million gift in 2003 for a stadium renovation.

He asked this year's Miami baseball team to stand and had a brief message for them.

"There will be adversity along the way," Rodriguez said. "But regardless of the challenges that lie ahead, move forward, address your errors and right your path."

Bonds: : In a court filing yesterday, federal prosecutors said they will call Barry Bonds' former personal shopper, Kathy Hoskins, to tell the jury that she saw trainer Greg Anderson inject him, though the filing did not say whether she believed it was with steroids.

The indictment of Bonds said he lied when he testified before a grand jury that he was not injected by anyone other than his own doctors.

Orioles: : Infielder Scott Moore cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk. He received a nonroster invitation to spring training.

Moore, 25, batted .125 with one home run in four games with the Orioles and .247 with seven homers and 44 RBIs in 78 games for Norfolk last season.

MASN: : The television home of the Orioles and Nationals announced that its 2009 baseball schedule will include 210 high-definition broadcasts.

The network will show at least one HD game every day of the season on MASN HD, which starts April 1.

Aaron: : Hank Aaron doesn't want his old home run record back.

In response to a report that commissioner Bud Selig is considering reinstating Aaron as baseball's home run king in the record book, he told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "If you did that, you'd have to go back and change all kinds of records, and the [home run] record was very important to me. ... It belongs to Barry."

Et cetera: : Brewers third baseman Bill Hall is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks because of a partial tear in his left calf. ... Mets ace Johan Santana will not pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. ... Former major leaguer Jim Leyritz was arrested and jailed after a judge revoked his bond after authorities said he violated his pretrial release on a 2007 DUI manslaughter charge by drinking alcohol. ... Right-hander Brett Tomko and the Yankees agreed to a minor league contract.

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