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Joe Girardi steers clear of talking about Alex Rodriguez's Biogenesis issue

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees is seen in

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees is seen in the dugout during the second inning against the Baltimore Orioles in a nMLB game at Yankee Stadium. (April 13, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

When Joe Girardi has talked to Alex Rodriguez since the third baseman's hip surgery, he has kept the conversations, in his words, "strictly rehab'' related.

And that didn't change Saturday when A-Rod, in the news again Friday when a report alleged that he purchased documents from Biogenesis, made a surprise visit to the Stadium.

"I talked to him. Haven't talked to him since last homestand,'' Girardi said after Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Orioles. "Just said that he's doing more and more each day and that although it was slow, he actually got on the treadmill the other day. He was pretty fired up about that.''

A New York Times report Friday alleged that A-Rod had a representative purchase medical records from Biogenesis -- the now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic at the heart of a federal and MLB investigation -- with the purpose of disposing of the evidence. An A-Rod spokesman denied the charges in the report Friday, and on Saturday, Girardi said he didn't have much in the way of reaction.

"It's an MLB issue, that's my reaction,'' Girardi said. "Do I get a memo on my desk? No. I think probably everyone hears about it when you watch SportsCenter, if you choose to watch SportsCenter. That's about the only way you find out about it.''

Asked if he spoke to the team about it, Girardi responded: "It's an MLB issue.''

Rodriguez did not speak with reporters Saturday, but Girardi characterized him as "anxious'' to return to the field. "That's the area he knows the best,'' Girardi said, "and he's anxious to get on it.''

Strange alignmentWith Eduardo Nuñez likely out until Tuesday with a bruised right wrist, Girardi had to get creative in Saturday's ninth inning after sending up Brennan Boesch to pinch hit for shortstop Jayson Nix in the eighth.

He put catcher Francisco Cervelli at second base -- Chris Stewart took over behind the plate -- and put Robinson Cano at shortstop.

"Weird,'' said Cano, who last played short in 2002 when he was with Class A Charleston. "Whatever it takes to help out the team, I will do.''

None of the infielders was tested as David Robertson picked up two flyouts and a strikeout.

Pettitte questionableGirardi could not guarantee that Andy Pettitte, scratched from Sunday night's start with back spasms, will start Tuesday or Wednesday.

"If we have to change it, we change it,'' Girardi said, adding that he's not worried yet.

"As long as it's spasms, we know those are going to go away,'' Girardi said. "It's when you have other issues that you get more concerned. From what I know now, it's just spasms.''

Extra basesChien-Ming Wang threw the equivalent of 52/3 scoreless innings against the Pirates Saturday in his second extended spring game . . . Derek Jeter worked out, but only indoors, at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa . . . Cesar Cabral is scheduled to pitch in his second extended game Tuesday . . . The Indians announced the April 10 and April 11 rainouts against the Yankees will be made up May 13 as part of a traditional doubleheader beginning at 12:05 p.m.

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