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Evidence Orza tipped off A-Rod

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07:00 AM ET 02.11 | For once, Alex Rodriguez cannot be happy that the hits keep coming. Rodriguez told ESPN on Monday that the time of his steroid use from 2001-03 was "pretty accurate;" however, a report in this week's Sports Illustrated suggests that a top baseball official was concerned that the superstar third baseman may have still been using performance-enhancers as a Yankee. The report states three players told SI that Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the Major League Baseball Players Association, alerted Rodriguez about an upcoming drug test in early September 2004, at the end of his first season with the Yankees. When Rodriguez was first approached by an SI reporter about the positive steroid test in 2003 at a Miami gym on Thursday, A-Rod did not respond when asked if Orza tipped him about the test. Orza was also approached by an SI reporter on Friday in New York City, saying, "I'm not interested in discussing this information with you." On Monday, he told the New York Times, "It's not true. Simple as that." According to the Mitchell Report, Orza violated an agreement with MLB and tipped off a player (not named in the report) to an upcoming, supposedly random, drug test in September 2004. In a statement Saturday, the players association said "there was no improper tipping of players in 2004 about the timing of the drug tests." One major league player, however, told SI that he was told by Orza in '04 that he would be tested on Sept. 24, "so make sure there's nothing in your system."

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