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Posted: Thursday April 30, 2009 8:57AM; Updated: Thursday April 30, 2009 6:12PM

A-Rod mum on latest allegations from upcoming book

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A-Rod won't talk about claims that he may have juiced as a prep, with the Yanks

A high school teammate of A-Rod's told Roberts that he was on steroids in H.S.

An unnamed major leaguer is quoted as saying A-Rod juiced with the Yanks in '04

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Alex Rodriguez is rehabbing from hip surgery at the Yankees' complex in Tampa.
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Selig on A-Rod
By Tom Verducci, SI.com

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig said Thursday he will withhold comment about any possible disciplinary action against Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez until he has read A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez, a soon-to-be published book that details how Rodriguez tipped opposing hitters about what pitches were coming.

"I'm not going to respond until I see the book," Selig told SI.com. "I just heard about it."

When asked in general if giving pitches to an opposing team would subject a player to possible disciplinary action for striking at the integrity of the game and violating a contractual obligation to the "high standards of fair play," Selig maintained his refusal to comment in detail. "I need to see the book and go over it," the commissioner said. "I need to see the book, for goodness sake."

Full Story: Selig on A-Rod

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez refused to address allegations that he used steroids when he was a highly touted high school player and with the New York Yankees.

After Sports Illustrated's Selena Roberts and David Epstein broke the story that A-Rod tested positive for steroids in 2003, Rodriguez admitted in February to using performance-enhancing drugs while with the Texas Rangers but insisted he stopped before he was traded to the Yankees in 2004. He brushed off a question Thursday about some details from Selena Roberts' upcoming book "A-Rod" that cast doubt on his earlier statements.

"I'm not going there," he said after homering in an extended spring training intrasquad game in Tampa, Fla. "I'm just so excited about being back on the field and playing baseball. My team has won two games (in a row) up there and hopefully I can come back and help them win some more."

The Daily News reported in Thursday's edition that Roberts' book offers an unflattering portrait of the MVP slugger as a needy personality who wanted his ego stroked constantly.

The paper doesn't say how it obtained a copy of the Harper Collins book, scheduled to be released on Monday.

A high school teammate of A-Rod's told Roberts that the future No. 1 draft pick was on steroids as a prep player and his coach knew it -- an allegation the coach, Rich Hofman, denied.

Rodriguez said he wasn't worried that the steroids issue was being brought up again.

"No. Not really," he said. "I'm in a good place. I think more importantly physically I feel like I'm getting better everyday. We've had a great week here. We've worked extremely hard, and I'm just very anxious to do what God put me on this earth to do, to play baseball."

In the book, an unnamed major leaguer is quoted as saying A-Rod and former Yankees pitcher Kevin Brown, who was named in the Mitchell Report, were seen together with human growth hormone -- or HGH -- in 2004.

The book also goes on to say that two anonymous Yankees said they believed A-Rod was using banned substances based on visual side effects, and that a clubhouse staffer said management had a suspicion that that the third baseman may have been juicing.

Rodriguez, in Florida rehabbing his surgically repaired hip, went 1-for-6 with two walks in the extended spring game. He had a long homer to left center in his sixth plate appearance.

He will play in another extended spring game Friday against Pirates minor leaguers at Pittsburgh's complex in Bradenton, Fla.

Rodriguez said he needs to run the bases at full speed and is still on target to return to the Yankees in May.

"I think the last thing I'm going to do here before I leave is sliding," he said. "I think sliding is probably the thing I have the most reservation about because you have to get on your hip and bounce on it a little bit. Everything else seems so far on schedule."

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