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Jorge Posada says he was 'caught off guard' with Alex Rodriguez question

Jorge Posada gestures towards the dugout against the

Jorge Posada gestures towards the dugout against the Texas Rangers during Game 5 of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Yankee Stadium on October 20, 2010. Credit: Getty Images

Retired catcher Jorge Posada criticized baseball players who used performance-enhancing drugs, including former Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez, during an interview on Wednesday, saying it's not "fair" for them to be in the Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, he checked his swing.

Posada apologized to Rodriguez and softened his tone during an interview on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton Show," though he didn't exactly backtrack on his Hall opinion.

"I tried to text him yesterday," Posada said. "I felt like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off guard, because he was my first interview down in Miami."

Before Thursday night's game against the Rays at Tropicana Field, A-Rod said he received Posada's text but wouldn't say whether he responded and, if he did, what he said in return. "That's a private matter," he said.

But of Posada's apology, A-Rod said: "Apology accepted. Much appreciated."

Was the apology necessary?

"Guys, 2015," Rodriguez said of where his focus is. "I'm not the right person to ask what's necessary and what's not."

Posada and A-Rod are likely to cross paths at the Stadium May 24 when Bernie Williams' No. 51 is retired and he has a plaque dedicated in Monument Park. "I'm fine [seeing him],'' Rodriguez said.

Promoting his new book, "The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes," Posada made comments Wednesday to CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann on the "CBS This Morning" show that "the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy."

Posada specifically was asked about Rodriguez by Strassmann and said, "I don't think it's fair. I really don't."

On Thursday, however, the former All-Star said on WFAN that he was pressured into the answer. Said Posada: "I felt like the guy kept pushing toward that response, and I should have known better."With Erik Boland

in St. Petersburg, Florida

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