According to an upcoming book written by Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts, New York Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez might have been on steroids long past 2003 when he was a member of the Texas Rangers.

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A-Rod and the Yankees were hoping that he would return to New York’s lineup soon (he’s been recovering from hip surgery) with minimal distraction. But now this report opens up an entire new can of words, as Rodriguez had previously only admitted to being on the juice as a member of the Rangers from 2001 to 2003.

Oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.COM have established the Yankees’ odds to win the 2009 World Series at 6/1. At those odds, the Bombers are an intriguing buy, but this latest news might once again cast doubt that the Yankees can make a World Series run.

Roberts’ book claims that Rodriguez showed steroid-use symptoms into the 2005 season, which would mean that he was juicing as a member of the Yankees. A former high school teammate of A-Rod’s also told Roberts that Rodriguez was using steroids in high school and that their coach knew about it.

These are just allegations at this point, but damning (for both A-Rod and the Yankees) ones nonetheless.

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Posted: 4/30/09 10:49PM ET

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