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Saturday, February 16, 2013
Cervelli on PED report: 'It's stupid'

By Andrew Marchand

TAMPA, Fla. -- The stories out of Miami keep coming linking Alex Rodriguez and Francisco Cervelli to Biogensis and you wonder how much of an impact they may eventually have on this Yankees season.

T.J. Quinn and Mike Fish reported that Rodriguez and Cervelli are on more documents that indicate they received performance-enhancing drugs from Anthony Bosch.

"I heard about it," Cervelli said when asked about the story. "It's stupid. I don't know."

Cervelli didn't expand by what he meant. He did say that he hasn't heard from MLB investigators yet. His main focus is on winning the starting catching job over Chris Stewart, which is why he passed on playing for Italy in the WBC.

Rodriguez is in New York. Out of sight, but not out of mind. The Yankees would love for him never to return, but he has that $114 million he is still owed. The specter of what is ahead for A-Rod and the Yankees looms from on the field, to the team's reputation, to his contract's impact on Hal Steinbrenner's goal of falling below $189 million next season.

But this story has had a lot of Yankee tentacles from A-Rod to Cervelli to former Yankees Jesus Montero and Melky Cabrera. It is his hitting very close to home for this franchise and it is a distraction.

"I think so," Cervelli said about the scandal possibly affecting the Yankees. "I don't know. I'm focused here. If they come, they come."