The A-Rod circus is back in town

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez is back at 245 Park Ave. So are his supporters.

The New York Yankees third baseman arrived at MLB's Park Avenue offices at 9:05 Wednesday morning.

After more than a week off, Rodriguez's hearing for his appeal of his 211-game suspension for violating the sport's drug policy has reached its sixth day. The hearing will continue through Friday, though it is extremely unlikely they will end by then.

A-Rod did what has become his standard routine: He signed autographs, posed for a couple of pictures and shook a few hands as about 20 supporters surrounded him before he headed inside with lawyer Joe Tacopina.

MLB COO Rob Manfred is expected to be called to the stand to testify this week, sources told ESPNNewYork.com.

A-Rod's supporters were holding new signage:

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