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Baseball Investigators Want to Speak With Alex Rodriguez About His Associations

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Major League Baseball investigators want to talk with Alex Rodriguez about his cousin and a trainer from the Dominican Republic.

The interviews were disclosed yesterday by a person familiar with their plans who spoke on condition of anonymity because MLB wasn't confirming the meetings.

The New York Yankees star has said his cousin injected him from 2001 to 2003 with a banned substance obtained in the Dominican called "boli." The cousin was identified by ESPN.com as Yuri Sucart of Miami.

MLB wants to find out if Rodriguez still associates with the cousin.

In addition, the New York Daily News said that Angel Presinal, a Dominican trainer well known throughout baseball, traveled with Rodriguez and the cousin during the 2007 season. Presinal has been banned from entering baseball clubhouses.

"I'm not getting into any of that," Rodriguez said. . . .

Yankees outfielders Johnny Damon and Xavier Nady are among the investors whose accounts were caught in a freeze by the government of a company affiliated with Robert Allen Stanford.

The pair did not invest directly with Stanford funds but rather have investments with broker dealers whose accounts were with a Stanford company, said Scott Boras, the agent for the pair.

ยท ORIOLES: Second baseman Brian Roberts finalized a four-year, $40 million extension, so he won't have to worry about being traded anytime soon.

Roberts already was due $8 million this year and would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series. His new deal calls for salaries of $10 million annually through 2013.

Roberts, 31, played in 155 games last year, when he set an Orioles record with 51 doubles.


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