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A-Rod speaks out

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  May 23, 2007 04:08 PM

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Alex Rodriguez today spoke about his run-in last night with Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.

"It was an awkward slide," A-Rod said. "We we're fighting for every run. I'm playing as hard as I can. I kind of came up. I definitely didn't roll or anything like that. It was definitely not intentional."

He was asked if he took exception to Pedroia's comments against him.

"No exception. None whatsoever," A-Rod responds. "They have their opinions over there. I'm just glad it got us a run. I like Pedroia. I have a lot of respect for those guys over there.

"Every run for us is like huge. I'm just not going to go in like a little baby doll and try to hug him. I'm trying to play hard."

A-Rod was told that Pedroia may change his throwing motion to avoid such a play.

"That's a good idea," A-Rod said. "I played shortstop for a long time and some guys really hit you hard. I barely touched him (Pedroia)."

Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox threw to first base as Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees broke up the double play in the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium last night

(Getty Images Photo / Nick Laham)

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