Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A-Rod expects questions to come his way

Alex Rodriguez expects to be questioned repeatedly about drug use as he approaches Barry Bonds' career home-run record. Rodriguez, who signed a record $275 million, 10-year contract to remain with the New York Yankees, won his third AL MVP award last season after leading the major leagues with 54 home runs and 156 RBIs. The 11-time All-Star, who is 32, enters the season 17th on the career list with 518 home runs, 244 behind the record Bonds established last year. "Last year, I got tested 9-to-10 times," Rodriguez said. "We have a very, very strict policy, and I think the game is making tremendous strides." Rodriguez also denied a claim last week by former Texas teammate John Rocker that doctors from management and the players' association told A-Rod, Rafael Palmeiro, Ivan Rodriguez and Rocker following a spring training meeting how to effectively use steroids. Rodriguez and Rocker were with the Rangers in 2002.

"That did not happen," A-Rod said.

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