Going by the Book
ALEX RODRIGUEZ hasn't had many defenders, but on Monday he received support from an interesting source: umpire Tim McClelland. The longtime man in blue told me that he doesn't consider A-Rod a cheater because baseball didn't penalize steroid users during the time Rodriguez has admitted taking PEDs. McClelland argued that what Rodriguez did was no worse than a pitcher scuffing a ball, which MLB had explicitly outlawed. "If there wasn't a rule in baseball, I can't chastise somebody who was trying to make himself better," he said.
THE FINE PRINT: Reggie Jackson drove the pace car at the NASCAR Auto Club 500. Unfortunately, he couldn't get the car out of third person.
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