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Report: A-Rod to meet with authorities Friday in Buffalo

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. - On March 10, Alex Rodriguez said his attorneys were working on scheduling a meeting with federal investigators to discuss his involvement with alleged HGH doctor Anthony Galea.

"I intend to cooperate in this matter," Rodriguez said then.

It appears he will get his chance. According to a report on the Web site of The New York Times last night, Rodriguez will meet with investigators Friday in Buffalo. The Times cited two people briefed on the matter who did not want to be publicly identified discussing a continuing investigation.

Rodriguez was not at Steinbrenner Field Monday as manager Joe Girardi gave his star third baseman a day off (as he also did for Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada). The Yankees are off today, meaning Rodriguez does not need to report to work until Wednesday afternoon for the Yankees' night game.

On Friday, the Yankees are scheduled to host the Phillies at 7 p.m. at Steinbrenner Field.

Rodriguez has said he hoped to meet with federal authorities in Florida, but the case against Galea is centered in Buffalo because Galea's assistant was stopped at a border crossing there with HGH and other drugs in her car last Sept. 14.

Galea has said the HGH is for his personal use.

Rodriguez has not said if he has ever been treated by Galea, a Canadian sports medicine doctor who is under investigation for allegedly distributing performance-enhancing drugs. Galea told The Associated Press on March 8 that he treated Rodriguez with anti-inflammatory medicine during the third baseman's rehab from hip surgery last year.

Mets stars Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes already have been interviewed by authorities about their dealings with Galea.

A Yankees spokesman said last night that the team would have no comment on the report. Rodriguez's representatives did not return calls seeking comment.

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