Source: A-Rod hearing to begin Sept. 30

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game suspension is scheduled to begin Sept. 30, the day after the regular season ends, if the Yankees don't make the playoffs, a source told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday.

Because Rodriguez has the right to be present for the hearings in front of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, the process could be postponed if the Yankees still are playing. The team entered Friday night 2-1/2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card in the American League.

A source said the hearings are expected to take place in New York. An announcement on whether Rodriguez's suspension -- stemming from the Biogenesis and performing-enhancing drug scandal -- is reduced is not expected until after the World Series.

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