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A-Rod's Associations Interest Investigators

Associated Press
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.

· 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.

· BRAVES: Tom Glavine, who will turn 43 next month, will pitch another season for Atlanta, completing a one-year, $1 million contract that includes another $3.5 million in possible bonuses based on roster time.

Baseball's active career wins leader was eager to return to the Braves after making only 13 starts last season, when he went on the disabled list for the first time in his career with an elbow injury.

· DODGERS: Orlando Hudson has reached an agreement on a one-year, $3.8 million contract with Los Angeles, which would use the former all-star to replace retired second baseman Jeff Kent.

The deal is contingent on Hudson passing a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said.

· RED SOX: David Ortiz was held out of spring training workouts for the second straight day with soreness in his left shoulder. Manager Terry Francona said the soreness isn't considered serious and won't require an extensive exam.

· BLUE JAYS: Center fielder Vernon Wells will miss the World Baseball Classic. Team USA begins the first round March 7 with a game against Canada. Wells said insurance costs got in the way of him joining the team.

· RAYS: Reliever Jason Isringhausen signed a minor league contract with Tampa Bay. The 36-year-old, coming off a season with the Cardinals in which he served two stints on the disabled list, has not pitched since mid-August because of right elbow tendinitis and a partial tear of his flexor tendon.

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