A-Rod kisses self in mirror in magazine

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TAMPA, Fla. - Even when Alex Rodriguez is in Vail, Colo., recovering from hip surgery, he manages to grab headlines.

A-Rod is the subject of the cover story in Details Magazine this month, although the pictures accompanying it are grabbing more attention than anything he said. In one eye-catching photo, Rodriguez is nearly lip to lip with himself in a full-length mirror.

A player in the Yankees clubhouse saw the photo Tuesday on the cover of the New York Post and snickered at it with a couple teammates. Copies of the paper made their way around the clubhouse.

The magazine's cover photo is benign, of A-Rod with black pants and tie wearing a white collared shirt with sleeves rolled up and collar loose. The other pictures, by Stephen Klein, feature Rodriguez in workout clothes on a mattress and in front of a mirror in what looks like a garage or warehouse.

"What was he thinking?" an anonymous teammate mused.

Another wanted to know if Rodriguez realized he was being photographed, and was surprised when told it was a professional photo shoot. Most shook their heads or shrugged, with a couple saying you'd never see them in similar pictures. One Yankee said: "Don't worry, we'll be sure to make fun of him for it."

When shown the picture before Team USA's game in the World Baseball Classic, Derek Jeter appeared a bit taken aback but said he had no comment. He shook his head and said: "All sorts of articles coming out."

In the interview, A-Rod says he has taken the subway to Yankee Stadium; voted for Barack Obama; very briefly quit baseball for basketball at around age 12, and that he set fire to his family's Manhattan apartment as a small child.

Staff writer Ken Davidoff contributed to this report.

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