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Robinson Cano's foundation spokeswoman linked to Biogenesis clinic, report says

Robinson Cano warms up during batting practice before

Robinson Cano warms up during batting practice before the start of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (April 22, 2013) Credit: Getty

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Robinson Cano expressed surprise Monday that the spokeswoman for his foundation was linked to Biogenesis in an ESPN report. The second baseman continued to deny any involvement with the now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic under investigation by federal authorities and Major League Baseball.

"It doesn't have anything to do with me," Cano said before Monday night's game against the Rays.

The report Monday afternoon said the spokeswoman, Sonia Cruz, had been a client of Biogenesis, though the report doesn't allege that Cruz purchased performance-enhancing drugs.

Nor does it mention Cano, other than he employs Cruz as a spokeswoman, a role Cano said she continues to serve.

Cano has denied having anything to do with Biogenesis and its founder, Anthony Bosch, and did so again Monday.

"I know what I'm doing and I know myself, so it doesn't bother me," Cano said of being linked with Biogenesis and PEDs. "There's nothing else I can say about it."

When asked if Cano is now under investigation for a possible link to Biogenesis, an MLB spokesman declined to comment Monday.

Players who have been linked to the clinic include two players Cano is close to: teammate Alex Rodriguez and former teammate Melky Cabrera of the Blue Jays. The Yankees' Francisco Cervelli, Ryan Braun of the Brewers and Nelson Cruz of the Rangers also have been connected to the clinic.

The Yankees consistently have declined to comment on all Biogenesis-related questions and did again Monday.

"As we've said all along, we'll let MLB handle everything," manager Joe Girardi said.

Girardi said he's not concerned about the report being a distraction for Cano, who came into Monday night 20-for-48 with five homers, 13 RBIs and 10 runs in his last 11 games and hit his sixth homer in the fourth inning.

"He's looked pretty good to me," Girardi said, mentioning Cano's contract as the most recent off-field situation the second baseman has had to handle. "I think he's pretty good at handling things. When he gets to the field, I think he's all business."Said Cano: "I'm just going to keep focusing on my game and help this team win games."

With David Lennon

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