(New York, NY)  --  Embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is taking the first steps in appealing his 211-game suspension.  The third baseman showed up with high profile attorney Joe Tacopina to MLB headquarters in Manhattan this morning for an arbitration hearing.  The suspension is not only for his ties to the Biogenesis clinic, but allegedly interfering with MLB's investigation. 

Rodriguez is expected to attend every day of the arbitration that includes a three-person panel of MLB vice president Rob Manfred, MLB Players Association general counsel David Prouty and arbitrator Fredric Horowitz.  The appeal is expected to stretch over several sessions and it may take several months for a ruling.