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MLB sets meeting with Alex Rodriguez

Sides are to discuss his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while with Texas.

February 28, 2009|Associated Press

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with Major League Baseball officials Sunday to discuss his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs from 2001 to 2003 while with Texas.

The timing of the meeting was disclosed Friday by a baseball official with knowledge of the session who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made.

MLB wants to speak with Rodriguez about security issues involving a trainer from the Dominican Republic and the cousin the three-time MVP said injected him with a banned substance called "boli."

The meeting will be in the Tampa area, where the Yankees hold spring training, and is intended to be non-disciplinary in nature. Rodriguez will be accompanied by a personal lawyer and representative of the Major League Baseball Players Assn.

Rodriguez didn't travel to Fort Myers, Fla., for the Yankees' game Friday against Minnesota. He worked out with a group of players at Steinbrenner Field. Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said Rodriguez will play in games today and Sunday before he joins the Dominican Republic's team for the World Baseball Classic.

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Cleveland Indians All-Star center fielder Grady Sizemore will not play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic because of soreness in his left groin. . . . Johan Santana has been scratched from his second straight start by the New York Mets because of a sore left elbow. After Santana missed a scheduled "B" game appearance Friday against Italy's national team, the Mets said their ace would not take his turn Tuesday against St. Louis. . . . Absent from the major leagues since 2006, former All-Star Matt Clement pitched two innings for Toronto in the Blue Jays' 6-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. . . . Adam Eaton's stay with the Phillies ended Friday when the team released the right-hander, who is owed $9 million by Philadelphia. . . . Randy Johnson, five victories away from 300, made his spring debut with the San Francisco Giants, giving up one run in two innings. . . . Cutter Dykstra, the 19-year-old son of Lenny, hit an RBI double and scored a run in his first game in a big league uniform, helping the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Oakland Athletics, 8-5.

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