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New York Yankees "concerned" about A-Rod case

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New York Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says he’s concerned about the latest drug allegations swirling around third baseman Alex Rodriguez, but that the matter is being looked at by Major League Baseball.

The Miami New Times reported in late January that the three-time AL MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed clinic in Coral Cables, Fla., near Rodriguez’s off-season home.

Speaking on Friday at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., Steinbrenner said the situation is “a concern, but it’s out of our hands.”

“We will cooperate with MLB in any way we can, any way we’re asked to,” he said. “But other than that, there’s not much to say. I don’t know any more than you do.”

CARDINALS: 2011 World Series MVP David Freese has reached an agreement with the team on a one-year contract that avoids salary arbitration.

The Cardinals have now come to terms with all arbitration-eligible players.

Freese, a third baseman, hit .283 with 20 home runs and 79 RBI last season and earned his first All-Star appearance.

MARINERS: Felix Hernandez will not play for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic because there is still a way to go before he completes his contract extension with Seattle, according to the player’s representative Octagon agency.

MARLINS: Third baseman Chone Figgins has signed a minor-league contract with Miami with an invitation to their major-league camp beginning next week.

METS: Signed relief pitcher Brandon Lyon to a one-year deal. He spent last season with the Astros and Blue Jays.


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