Biography of A-Rod to hit stores today

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NEW YORK --- Selena Roberts makes the case that Alex Rodriguez likely used steroids in high school and might have taken HGH while with the Yankees in her new biography of the MVP, a portrait of a deeply insecure man trying to cope with being abandoned by his father and obsessed with becoming a superstar.

The release of A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez has been moved up to today because details of Rodriguez' possible drug use as a teenager and as a Yankee leaked out over the past week. Rodriguez has refused comment, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi questioned Sunday why the book was even written.

In the book, Roberts traces much of the slugger's behavior to his father's decision to separate from the family when Alex was 10.

For Roberts, a key insight into A-Rod's character comes with what some might call a fib: He tells people he hit with wood bats in high school because that's what the pros use, even though she found photo evidence he used metal.

A pattern of embellishment and outright deceit continues through his admitted used of steroids in the major leagues, Roberts contends.

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