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October 16, 2012, 7:12 PM

A-Rod just can’t stay out of the news these days.

He’s so lost at the plate he’s been benched by the Yankees, and then of course there was yesterday’s embarrassing revelation that he had been flirting with a pair of ladies behind the team’s dugout during Game 1 of the ALCS.

One of the ladies in question has been identified as Kyna Treacy, a 27-year-old Australian bikini model (naturally).

Yankees fan Donald Trump has spent much of the week on Twitter bashing A-Rod, and on Tuesday he went as far as to suggest New York should look for a way to cut ties with Rodriguez this winter.

“I would terminate his contract, personally. I think George (Steinbrenner) would’ve done that,” Trump told Kay. “I would terminate his contract on the basis that when he signed, he didn’t say that he took drugs.

“Since he signed his contract, they found out that he took drugs. … He actually admitted that he took drugs,” Trump told Kay. Now he’s not taking drugs anymore, and without the drugs, he’s a less than average player.”

KOBE COMES TO A-ROD’S DEFENCE:

Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he called Rodriguez a couple of days ago and delivered a pep talk to his struggling pal.

“I just say to him, ‘You’re Alex Rodriguez,’” Bryant said. “‘You’re A-Rod. You’re one of the best to ever do it.’ I think sometimes he kind of forgets that and wants to try to do the right thing all the time. Which is the right team attitude to have. But other times you really have to put your head down and say, ‘Hell with it’ and just do your thing.

Bryant added he hoped Yankees skipper Joe Girardi would insert Rodriguez back into the starting lineup for Game 4 Wednesday.

“You’re talking about the best to ever play, period,” Bryant said. “The only difference is sometimes he forgets he’s the best. I don’t.”

A-ROD TO THE MARLINS FOR HEATH BELL?

So said a report earlier Wednesday, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman was quick to throw cold water on that rumour prior to Game 4.

BIG COMEBACKS FOR FORMER BLUE JAYS:

According to STATS LLC, former Blue Jay and current Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios has the biggest year-over-year improvement among the 88 players who qualified for the AL batting title in 2011 and 2012.

Rios hit .304 in 2012 after batting .227 in 2011.

Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen had the second biggest jump going from .259 to .327 while former Blue Jays second baseman Aaron Hill was third on the list after batting .302 in 2012 compared to .246 in 2011.

BEST BASEBALL WRITING OF 2012:

Grabs your attention, doesn’t it? It grabbed mine when I came across it earlier today on fangraphs.com. Some intriguing titles found here on the list.

CLEMENS SAYS HE’S DONE PITCHING, AGAIN:

In this Houston Chronicle blog entry, it appears Rocket Roger will continue to work as a paid consultant for Astros ownership, but he insists his pitching career is over.

“I’ll do whatever they ask me to do,” said Clemens.

Pray they don’t ask him to throw BP.

AND FINALLY…

Twenty-five years ago today, Game 3 of the World Series was postponed after a 6.9 earthquake hit San Francisco during the warmups. Al Michaels, over to you…

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