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TODAY   |  August 05, 2013

Alex Rodriguez expected to be suspended by MLB today

Though the Yankee star is scheduled to make his season debut in Chicago tonight, Major League Baseball is expected to announce this afternoon that it will suspend Alex Rodriguez and possibly other players. NBC’s Ron Mott reports.

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>> much. alex rodriguez , after weeks of build up major league baseball is set to suspend the yankee slugger in a matter of hours over his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. ron is at yankee stadium . good morning to you.

>> good morning, the yankees return home here friday night but it's a mystery whether a. rod will be in the line-up as his future is still up in the air today.

>> reporter: on a day when baseball's top executive is set to suspend the game's all time top earner, sources tell nbc sports , a potential $35 million strike --

>> a fly ball and the ball is up and gone.

>> reporter: alex rodriguez is expected ironically to make his yankee season debut tonight in chicago. the no big deal approach of his manager and star teammate sunday.

>> he's in there. i'm going to play him.

>> reporter: contrast the drama in the baseball world. in his final games over the weekend he leveled what some saw as a swipe as the league's front office and more clearly yankees on the hook for nearly $100 million on his contract.

>> when all the stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, that's concerning for me.

>> reporter: rodriguez and other players stand to lose mightily. for a. rod, the stakes are enormous. for his fragile baseball legacy and at home.

>> i plan to set my girls down and we're going to have a lengthy conversation and i'll have an opportunity to tell it all at some point. i'll have that platform and when the time is right i'll tell my full story.

>> reporter: an announcement from major league baseball is expected to come down about noon eastern time today, matt.