MIAMI Alex Rodriguez's wife will file for divorce today, according to media reports.
Cynthia Rodriguez, who married the New York Yankees star in 2002, said the marriage is over because of the All-Star third baseman's extramarital affairs, according to reports that appeared Sunday on the Web sites of Houston television station KTRK and The Miami Herald.
The reports come just days after Alex Rodriguez was linked to Madonna in various media outlets and Cynthia Rodriguez's subsequent visit to the Paris home of rocker Lenny Kravitz, who said she came to France to escape the media frenzy in New York and denied that anything improper had happened.
Houston attorney Earle Lilly, who said he was hired by Cynthia Rodriguez last week to launch the divorce case, told KTRK the star's "relationship with Madonna was the final straw for Mrs. Rodriguez."
Rodriguez's wife also is represented by attorneys Maurice Kutner and Anthony Sabatino of Miami and John Van Ness of Houston, the Herald reported.
"She feels that she has exhausted every opportunity to salvage the marriage, and that Alex has emotionally abandoned her and the children and has left her with no choice but to divorce him," Kutner told the newspaper.
The former Cynthia Scurtis and Rodriguez were married Nov. 2, 2002, in Dallas. They have two children, Natasha Alexander and Ella Alexander, who was born April 21.
The suit is expected to be filed early today in Miami-Dade County Family Court. The court's Web site did not list any divorce filing involving Cynthia Rodriguez late Sunday.
Lilly didn't immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press.
Alex Rodriguez has refused to comment on his relationship with Madonna, who denied any romantic involvement with the slugger in a statement posted Sunday on people.com.
"My husband and I are not planning on getting a divorce," Madonna said. "I know Alex Rodriguez through Guy Oseary, who manages both of us. I brought my kids to a Yankee game. I am not romantically involved in any way with Alex Rodriguez. I have nothing to do with the state of his marriage or what spiritual path he may choose to study."
BERKMAN OUT: Lance Berkman, held out of the Houston Astros' lineup Sunday with a sore left eye, pinch hit in the 15th inning against the Atlanta Braves and flew out with the bases loaded. Manager Cecil Cooper said the first baseman did not notice a problem with his eye until he woke up and looked in the mirror. Berkman, who left the game after pinch-hitting for reliever Dave Borkowski, told The Associated Press before the game that he had yet to see a doctor and did not know when he would return to the field. His eye did not appear to look badly swollen or infected.
DAMON GOES ON DL: Johnny Damon stood in a corridor outside the New York Yankees clubhouse on Sunday afternoon, sounding sullen. He had just been put on the disabled list for the first time in his major league career after 13 1/2 seasons and 1,927 regular-season games.
"I really don't know what I have to do now," the outfielder said softly. "Every day in my career when I went to the ballpark, I actually felt like I could get in the game somehow. Even yesterday, I was getting ready to get my shoes on in case I needed to run for (Jason) Giambi or something late. Today there's no way I can get in this ballgame."
MARLINS CALL UP VOLSTAD: The Florida Marlins called up right-hander Chris Volstad from Double-A Carolina before their game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. "He is here and available today," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He will be in the bullpen." Volstad was 4-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 15 starts for Carolina. The 21-year-old was the 16th overall selection taken in the 2005 draft.
CARDS' MULDER TO START: Cardinals left-hander Mark Mulder will make his first start since September on Wednesday at Philadelphia. Mulder takes the rotation spot of Mitchell Boggs, who was demoted to Triple-A Memphis before St. Louis' game against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. The Cardinals also activated shortstop Cesar Izturis from 15-day disabled list, placed outfielder Brian Barton on the DL with an injured hand and recalled outfielder Joe Mather from Memphis.
PHILS GIVE LIDGE 3-YEAR EXTENSION: Brad Lidge's perfect first half earned him a fat, new contract. Lidge signed a $37.5 million, three-year extension with the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. The hard-throwing closer is 2-0 with 19 saves in as many chances in his first season with the Phillies. Lidge would've been a free agent after this season. His contract includes a club option that could make it worth $49 million over four years.
BREWERS TO DEAL FOR SABATHIA: The Brewers are extremely close to a deal to acquire Indians ace C.C. Sabathia in a trade that bolsters their rotation for a playoff push, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because there were a few remaining issues to work out. Sabathia went 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA to win the AL Cy Young last season and would give the Brewers another power pitcher to pair with Ben Sheets as Milwaukee tries to make the playoffs for the first time since 1982. The big lefty is 6-8 with a 3.83 ERA for the Indians, but has also been plagued with a lack of run support.