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A-Rod rebuffs questions about meeting with feds

Alex Rodriguez will reportedly meet with federal authorities

Alex Rodriguez will reportedly meet with federal authorities Friday. (Feb. 28, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday refused to answer questions about his reported upcoming meeting with federal investigators in Buffalo on Friday.

Rodriguez, in his first appearance in Yankees camp since Sunday, politely told reporters he would only answer "baseball questions."

Since there were none, the session ended quickly with a "thanks, guys" from A-Rod.

A New York Times report on Monday said Rodriguez is scheduled to meet with federal authorities to discuss his ties with alleged HGH doctor Anthony Galea.

Rodriguez was in the lineup for Wednesday night's exhibition game against the Nationals. When asked if he would be playing baseball the rest of the week, Rodriguez said: "I'm definitely playing tomorrow," meaning Thursday.

The Yankees play Friday night. Rodriguez was given Monday off by manager Joe Girardi - as was Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada - and the Yankees had an off day on Tuesday.

Federal authorities investigating Galea have previously interviewed Mets stars Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran. The athletes are not believed to be targets of the investigation, just witnesses.


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