Timeline: The Alex Rodriguez saga

Alex Rodriguez is playing while he appeals his 211-game suspension for alleged PED use.
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The Biogenesis scandal has loomed over baseball all year long, and even though suspensions were handed down on Aug. 5, there is no end in sight to the saga of one particular player: Alex Rodriguez. He had hip surgery last offseason and was not expected to rejoin the Yankees until after the All-Star break but even though he missed the first four months of the season he was never far from the spotlight. Below is the timeline of key events in the story and how it was covered by SI.com.


January 29, 2013

The Miami New Times releases a story alleging that several major league players, including Alex Rodriguez, have connections to a Miami-area anti-aging clinic run by a man named Anthony Bosch.

VERDUCCI: A-Rod and the game take another severe hit with latest PED allegations

Less than a week later, another bombshell rocked baseball when Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was also linked to Biogenesis. Braun had won the 2011 NL MVP award but failed a drug test during that year's postseason. He was given a 50-game suspension but had it overturned by an arbitrator when he challenged how the testing sample was handled.

February 5

Braun's name surfaces in PED scandal

April 13

Reports say A-Rod attempted to buy, destroy documents related to Biogenesis

June 6

Report says Tony Bosch tried to get money from A-Rod

June 26

Yankees GM Brian Cashman curses out A-Rod

July 2

A-Rod begins rehab assignment with forgettable performance

Shortly after the All-Star break, Braun became the first player to be suspended for his connection to Biogenesis. He was banned for 65 games -- the remainder of the 2013 regular season -- and will be eligible to play again at the start of the 2014 season.

July 22

Braun suspended for rest of season

With Braun banned, the focus of attention shifted to Rodriguez and the other players named in the scandal.

July 25

MLB to expand A-Rod investigation as a result of Quad-Gate revelation

July 30

PRICE: Insights from an exclusive interview with A-Rod

August 3

BAMBERGER: Last night of rehab feels like the end for Alex Rodriguez

August 4

A-Rod sounds off against Yankees, MLB

August 5

SI COVER STORY: The last days of A-Rod, by S.L. Price

August 5

Rodriguez is suspended for 211 games by Major League Baseball, the longest non-lifetime ban in the history of the sport. He is accused of not only using performance-enhancing drugs but also obstructing MLB in its investigation. Twelve other players, including All-Stars Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers and Everth Cabrera of the Padres, are also given lenghty suspensions.

Each of those 12 men accept their bans and will miss the remainder of the 2013 regular season. A-Rod chooses to appeal and that night, he comes off the disabled list to play his first game of the year for the Yankees, against the White Sox in Chicago.

A-Rod suspended for 211 games; 12 others get 50-game bans

VIDEO: A-Rod addresses the media after being suspended

VERDUCCI: Amidst noise, a simple truth: A-Rod finally being held accountable for PED use

LEMIRE: Tracking A-Rod as his circus blows into Windy City for first game back

ROSENBERG: MLB will benefit from this mess in the long run

JAFFE: A look at the Boys of Biogenesis

POLL: Is A-Rod's suspension too long, too short, or just right?

The world's reaction to A-Rod's suspension

August 6

JAFFE: A-Rod is back. Just how good will he be?

August 9

Longoria on A-Rod's return to Yankees: 'I don't think it's fair'

A-Rod gets mixed reaction in first game back at Yankee Stadium

August 16

Reports say A-Rod outed Braun, Cervelli in Biogenesis case

August 16

No date set for A-Rod appeal hearing

August 18

Watch: Red Sox' Dempster throws at A-Rod, benches clear

A-Rod follows up beaning with revenge home run that sparks Yankees to win

August 19

A-Rod's lawyer surprised with MLB documents on Today show

McCANN: Explaining the legal strategy being employed by Team A-Rod

August 20

VERDUCCI: A-Rod prepared to drag on fights against Yankees, MLB for multiple years


What will life after baseball be like for A-Rod?

How the A-Rod case could affect baseball's labor agreement

Victory for MLB in Biogenesis suspensions

Examining the frosty relationship between A-Rod and the Yankees

The role of money in the A-Rod drama


Classic photos of Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod's most embarrassing moments

Fans' signs for A-Rod

Notable figures banned from baseball

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