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 TORONTO (AP) -Alex Rodriguez made the cover of the New York Post on Wednesday - and not because of the New York Yankees' latest slump.
``STRAY-ROD'' blared the Page 1 headline across a picture of A-Rod and an unidentified woman. ``Alex hits strip club with mystery blonde,'' it continued.
The Post said the pair entered an elevator at the Four Seasons Hotel in Toronto - near the Park Hyatt where most of the Yankees stayed - after dinner at a steak house Sunday night. They later went to a strip club, the newspaper said.
An inside headline called him a ``YANKEE DOODLE RANDY.''
``Cynthia Rodriguez - A-Rod's wife and mother of their 2 1/2-year-old daughter Natasha - was nowhere to be seen,'' the Post said.
Rodriguez had little to say on the matter before Wednesday's game against Toronto.
``Absolutely no comment about anything personal and I certainly don't think this will be a distraction to our team,'' he said.
Asked whether it would be a distraction to him personally, Rodriguez said, ``No, I don't think so.''
``I think everything probably got blown out of proportion like always,'' outfielder Johnny Damon said.
Manager Joe Torre agreed: ``When you get into that area, I think it's over the line. It's what people seem to think is important or seem to think they have to do.
``In New York, there are so many more things that you talk about on a regular basis in addition to baseball,'' Torre added. ``When I took this job I certainly knew it wasn't going to be about hitting and running and changing pitchers.''
Torre said Rodriguez discussed the tabloid story with him.
``Alex is a big boy,'' Torre said. ``I know how serious he takes his baseball. It really wasn't an issue for me in the fact that he wouldn't be ready to play tonight.
``My job is to keep the distractions from carrying over onto the playing field,'' Torre said.
The Yankees began the day at 21-29 and 14 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL East.
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