Cano sticks with A-Rod, Melky

February, 18, 2013
2/18/13
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AP Photo/Matt SlocumRobinson Cano hit the batting cage on Monday.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Robinson Cano is pals with Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera. A-Rod has been a mentor to Cano. Cabrera has been one of his best friends in the game.

In media reports, Rodriguez and Cabrera have been linked to Anthony Bosch, the Miami man accused of having supplied performance-enhancing drugs to players. Cano said he stands behind his friends and is not involved.

"They are still my friends," Cano said Monday. "You have to be with your friends in the good times and the bad times. I have to stay with my friends. I don't have any reaction. I would say that is a personal matter and let them handle it."

Cano was asked directly if he had ever used PEDs or was tied to Bosch in anyway.

"The first time I heard about that was when the thing came out," Cano said. "It doesn't matter who you are hanging out with. Everybody has their personal lives and they do whatever they want with their lives."
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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