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Rodriguez gets started in Tampa; Denies poker accusations

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Aug 04, 2011 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the latest from The Associated Press in Tampa, where Alex Rodriguez began baseball activities today at the Yankees minor league complex. Rodriguez’s publicist says recent reports about Rodriguez’s gambling contain “numerous factual inaccuracies” and today’s Daily News quotes professional poker player Dan Bilzerian saying Rodriguez wasn’t involved in the scandalous game in question. “He was playing in the World Series at the time,” Bilzerian said.

CHICAGO (AP) — Alex Rodriguez’s publicist says the Yankees third baseman is looking forward to cooperating with Major League Baseball in its investigation of his alleged involvement in illegal poker games.

Star Magazine reported last month that several people saw A-Rod playing in games hosted at Hollywood hotels and residences.

But Richard Rubenstein, Rodriguez’s publicist, says in a statement Thursday morning that the Star’s story contains “numerous factual inaccuracies.”

The 36-year-old Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees’ minor league training facility in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday to resume baseball activities for the first time since having right knee surgery on July 14.

He arrived in a Mercedes just before noon, waving to a group of 25 fans before entering the complex. He later took the field for about 33 minutes, doing light running, playing catch, taking grounders and hitting in the batting cage off a tee and against a soft toss.

He wore a light brace on the knee and showed no signs of difficulty moving.

Rodriguez then went inside to ice the knee and run in the pool. He plans to meet with the media, but Yankees spokesman Howard Grosswirth said Rodriguez would not comment on non-baseball topics.

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