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Why did A-Rod fly to Germany to visit with doctor?

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Why did A-Rod fly to Germany to visit with doctor?

From Comcast SportsNet
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees say star third baseman Alex Rodriguez is totally fine after having special treatment on his right knee and left shoulder in Germany earlier this month. The 36-year-old Rodriguez had plasma-rich platelet injections following a recommendation from Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that the team gave its permission after vetting the process. Rodriguez's treatment was first reported by the New York Post. Cashman says Major League Baseball and WADA have approved the procedure, and that it is also performed in the United States. The Yankees say Rodriguez went to the doctor in Germany because he's at the top of this field. Rodriguez had surgery on his right knee last July and saw his power drop in the second half and postseason. He played in 99 games and hit 16 home runs. He has 629 career homers. Cashman says Rodriguez is "100 percent" right now and that there are "no red flags" going into spring training. Cashman says he expects Rodriguez to be able to play every day. The Yankees also said they've reached agreement with 37-year-old lefty Hideki Okajima for a nonroster invite to spring training. Once a staple of the Boston bullpen, he spent most of last year in Triple-A for the Red Sox. The Yankees envision him as a possible lefty specialist.

Under Center Podcast: Bears back at Bourbonnais

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Under Center Podcast: Bears back at Bourbonnais

Luke Stuckmeyer and John "Moon" Mullin report from Day 1 of Bears training camp in Bourbonnais.

Despite the Bears' recent injury history, Coach Nagy says he's going to run a tough camp to make sure his players are calloused for the regular season.

Plus, does Mitchell Trubisky already have a chip on his shoulder? What's going on with Roquan Smith's contract negotiations? Finally, what is Moon looking for the most throughout camp?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

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Lucas Giolito has some fun with the not so dark side of his Twitter history

White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito isn't having a great season, but at least it looks like his Twitter account could pass a background check.

A Twitter user dug through some of Giolito's tweets from his teenage years. He didn't find much in the way of hateful, mean or angry tweets. Instead, he found candy, touch tanks at the aquarium and animated movies.

The tweet got plenty of attention on the platform, leading Giolito to comment on it. Giolito took the joke with a good sense of humor and made a joke at his own expense.

This kind of makes you wonder what else would qualify as Giolito's "dark side." Maybe this will spawn a series of Lucas Giolito facts like the very tame version of Chuck Norris or The Most Interesting Man in the World.