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Yankees back Alex Rodriguez, but they're tired of PED talk

Joe Girardi stands in the dugout during the

Joe Girardi stands in the dugout during the first inning of a game against the Texas Rangers. (July 22, 2013) Credit: AP

ARLINGTON, Texas - Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte made clear they would continue to support Alex Rodriguez in the event of a suspension for PED use that just about everyone expects is coming soon.

But they made it just as clear that those caught trying to cheat the game should expect to be punished.

Joe Girardi, asked about what implications Ryan Braun's suspension might have for his rehabbing third baseman, sounded done with the topic altogether.

"I think I'm tired of the steroids, I'm tired of that," Girardi said after the Yankees' 3-0 loss Monday night. "Do things the right way, bottom line. Everyone should do things the right way but that's not the world we live in. There's a lot of guys doing it the right way and I respect those guys."

Of the suspension and hopes for a quick resolution to the Biogenesis matter, Girardi shrugged.

"The message to me is, and I think it's a great message for kids," Girardi said, "is if you cheat, and you lie, you're eventually going to get caught."

Rivera, addressing a possible A-Rod suspension, said: "I can't throw him on the street, he's still my brother." But he added: "The good thing about this is we're cleaning the game up, the way it should be. And I think this is a message for whoever tries to do this again that he's going to be caught."

In 2007, Pettitte, after being named in the Mitchell Report, admitted to using HGH twice in 2002 while recovering from an elbow injury. "We're going to back him up, we're his teammates, there's no doubt," Pettitte said. "But if you did something wrong, you're going to be punished for it."

Derek Jeter said he's surprised players continue to play "Russian roulette" in continuing to try to gain a chemical edge.

"It's taking a huge chance, obviously," Jeter said. "And guys are getting caught for it."

He also echoed his manager in being tired of discussing the topic.

"Watching the game, that's all they're talking about," he said of the TV commentators. "I get it, I understand it, but it's not good for the game."

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