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Commissioner, union head proud of Alex Rodriguez

At the All-Star game news conference, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred once again praised New York Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez's behavior in his return to the majors, while Major League Baseball Players Association director Tony Clark thought how A-Rod handled the $6 million bonus issue was very classy.

"What was fantastic here was how Alex carried himself," Clark told reporters. "There were challenges throughout, but Alex is in a good place, we're happy with how it turned out and we are supportive of Alex."

Rodriguez, the Yankees and MLB decided to donate $3.5 million to charities instead of engaging in a fight over the $6 million "milestone bonus," associated with Rodriguez tying Willie Mays for fourth all-time with 660 homers.

Rodriguez and Manfred were two of the main characters in the long, drawn out, contentious appeal process of his Biogenesis PED suspension. A-Rod has returned with a loud presence on the field -- .278 with 18 homers and 51 RBIs -- and a quiet one off it.

"He has performed on the field very, very well," Manfred said. "When people are suspended for the length of time that he was suspended for, the flip side of that equation is that they should resume their career. He has done that successfully."