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LaTroy Hawkins

A-Rod takes pride in being 40 and still playing in majors

Alex Rodriguez doesn't remember any clubhouse conversations as a young player about still being in the game at 40 years old. "You talk more about 35, coming into your mid-30s. Forty's not really talked about," Rodriguez said. "So, sure, there's a certain amount of pride." A-Rod marked his 40th birthday Monday night with the New York Yankees' series opener at Texas. He was the designated hitter and batted third against the team that gave him his first huge contract. It came a year after Rodriguez turned 39 while serving a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. "I had a lot of time to think...

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