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Major League Baseball has sit-down with Yankees' A-Rod

SARASOTA — Alex Rodriguez got two hits in the Yankees' 13-11 loss to the Reds on Sunday before meeting with Major League Baseball officials to discuss his admission of using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 with Texas.

Rodriguez spoke with reporters after the game but declined to discuss the meeting. He did say he planned to be in Jupiter by Sunday night to join the Dominican Republic team for World Baseball Classic preparations.

He said the squad had a meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. today.

"I'm not sure what I'm doing. But I will be in Jupiter" Sunday night, Rodriguez said. "Opportunity of a lifetime playing in the WBC."

The commissioner's office released a statement saying Rodriguez was cooperative in a two-hour interview with officials from MLB's Department of Investigations and Labor Relations Department. No further details were revealed.

Jays: Newcomer hurt

PORT CHARLOTTE — LHP Ken Takahashi, who finalized a minor-league contract this month after a 14-year career in Japan, left his debut with a right calf strain.

Takahashi, 39, who was 8-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 21 games for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp last season, yielded two runs and four hits in 12/3 innings against the Rays before he was injured fielding a fourth-inning bunt.

Meanwhile, RHP Jesse Litsch, the Dixie Hollins product slated to be the Blue Jays' No. 2 starter, made his spring debut with two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout.

Phils: Myers trimmer

KISSIMMEE — RHP Brett Myers reported to spring training about 35 pounds lighter than he weighed when the Phillies won the World Series.

His secret? Hard work and a few changes to his routine.

"I'll make smarter choices drinking beer," he said. "Instead of with pizza, maybe it's a salad."

Myers made his Grapefruit League debut, allowing two runs and three hits in three innings in a 7-3 victory over the Braves.

His goal this spring is to become more confident in his changeup and adjust to his new body. "You need four good pitches," said Myers, down to about 222 pounds. "I want a reliable changeup."

Major League Baseball has sit-down with Yankees' A-Rod 03/01/09 [Last modified: Sunday, March 1, 2009 9:43pm]
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