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A-Rod's meeting with Feds in Buffalo? Didn't happen

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his fourth-inning

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez watches his fourth-inning RBI-triple during a spring training baseball game. (March 24, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez said his much-anticipated meeting with federal investigators didn't take place Friday, and he didn't have a date for when it will.

Rodriguez reported to George M. Steinbrenner Field shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and was in the starting lineup, batting fourth and playing third, for the night game against the Phillies.

"There was no meeting," Rodriguez said. "No meeting today."

Rodriguez said he spent Thursday night at home and not in Buffalo. It had been reported earlier in the week that he was to meet there with the authorities investigating Anthony Galea, the Canadian doctor under investigation for the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs.

Asked if he was in Florida all of Friday, Rodriguez said: "This is what I can tell you. Nothing's changed. We're going to continue to work together, we're going to cooperate and we're going to talk to the Feds and Major League Baseball shortly."

Had he been in Buffalo at all Friday? "Again, I can't say anything else," Rodriguez said.

He did add later: "Nothing was ever scheduled."

MLB also has expressed an interest in discussing the situation with Rodriguez. The Yankees, who have distanced themselves from any involvement A-Rod might have had with Galea, will have plenty of their own questions eventually.

The team wasn't commenting Friday, which has mostly been the case since Rodriguez first said he had been contacted by authorities.

"I don't have any comment on Alex," said general manager Brian Cashman, who later chatted with A-Rod outside the batting cage before the third baseman took BP.

"I'm not really allowed to comment on it," manager Joe Girardi said.

He said later: "I just talked to Brian and I don't have all the information so I'm just not going to comment."

A-Rod said nothing as yet has been scheduled with either the Feds or MLB, nor had the "where" been determined.

"They're working on it," Rodriguez said. "It [the meetings] will definitely be separate. I don't know who will be first."

Rodriguez didn't say the reports of a Friday meeting were outright wrong. "No one said that," he said before smiling. "You're not supposed to believe everything you read."

Rodriguez said he and his lawyers aren't stalling.

"No, we're not delaying it," A-Rod said. "I don't think anyone is to blame here. I think we all have the same goal in mind, to cooperate with both parties, and we're going to move forward. And everything's going to be fine."

He said the "hope" is to get things done before Opening Day.

"No guarantees,'' he said, "but that is certainly the hope and we're confident it will be."

The Mets' Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes already have had their talks with authorities, and Rodriguez didn't have an answer for why scheduling their meetings apparently was an easier process.

"I think that's exactly what we want to do, just go in and go out and keep it simple," he said. "And not create more of a big show."

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