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Investigators contact A-Rod about Galea

Associated Press / March 2, 2010

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Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has been contacted by federal investigators regarding a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug.

Rodriguez said yesterday in Tampa he was “aware’’ of the investigation and plans on cooperating with government officials who are looking into Dr. Anthony Galea. Rodriguez said a date for an interview has not been set.

“I can’t really get into that,’’ Rodriguez said. “I have to speak to those guys first. I’ve just got to wait for instructions.’’

Galea is facing four charges in his country related to the drug known as Actovegin, which is extracted from calf’s blood and used for healing.

His assistant also has been charged in the US for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September.

A-Rod said the probe won’t have an effect on him because “this is about someone else.’’ He declined comment when asked if he even has been treated by Galea. “I’m focused on baseball,’’ Rodriguez said.

Galea is known for using a blood-spinning technique - platelet-rich plasma therapy - designed to speed recovery from injuries.

Among the athletes he has treated are golf superstar Tiger Woods and Mets shortstop Jose Reyes.

Cabrera speaks
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera said he’s done drinking alcohol. And he’s not an alcoholic.

“You guys write in the paper ‘alcoholic,’ that’s not right,’’ the first baseman said in Lakeland, Fla. “I don’t know how to explain, but it’s not an alcohol problem.’’

Five months ago, Cabrera went 0 for 4 and stranded six runners in a 5-1 loss to Chicago. That game started about 12 hours after Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski picked him up at a police station following a fight with his wife - apparently after a late night out.

The All-Star with a $152.3 million contract had what police said was a 0.26 blood-alcohol reading - three times above Michigan’s legal limit for driving - and a bruised and cut left cheek.

Cabrera apologized to his teammates for being drunk on a weekend the Tigers were trying to hang on to the lead in the AL Central. They later lost the division in a tiebreaker game against Minnesota.

The 26-year-old has undergone counseling.

Bats to be banned
Major League Baseball will ban many of the maple bats used in the minor leagues this season for safety reasons . . . The Missouri Senate wants to rename Mark McGwire Highway in St. Louis after the ex-Cardinals slugger, now the team’s hitting coach, admitted he used steroids.

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