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A-Rod can hang with ‘boli’ cousin

Brian Cashman said who Alex Rodriguez associates with on public grounds is none of his or the Yankees’ business.

And Major League Baseball agrees.

According to a report published Thursday, A-Rod’s cousin, Yuri Sucart, who supplied the then-Rangers shortstop with performance-enhancing drugs – the infamous “boli” – from 2001-03, has been on several trips this season.

The New York Daily News reported Sucart, banned by the Yankees from any team function or facility in 2009, has been spotted at hotels where the Yankees stay, most recently in San Francisco.

“We don’t control public areas,” Cashman said by phone from his office. “All I can tell you is nothing with the Yankees has been compromised.”

He added: “It’s not an issue.”

Patrick Courtney, senior vice president of public relations for MLB, told Newsday on Thursday there wasn’t much in terms of action the league could take. MLB doesn’t have authority to legislate against hotels or other public facilities.

“We’re satisfied with what the Yankees told us in that this individual is not getting access to restricted areas or team specific areas,” he said.

MAUER CATCHES SOME REHAB

Joe Mauer is back to crouching behind the plate, a bit tired but still committed to being a catcher.

The rehabilitating Minnesota Twins star caught three innings Thursday in an extended spring training game, his first action on defense since he was sent to the 15-day disabled list nearly two months ago with weakness and soreness in his legs.

Mauer went 0-for-5 at the plate, with two flyouts to left field and three groundouts to the right side of the infield against a group of Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguers on a 94-degree afternoon in Fort Myers, Fla. As he stood in the shade after the game, he said he was out of breath and “a little fatigued” but otherwise feeling fine.

GALARRAGA-JOYCE REUNION? NEVER

Exactly a year after a missed call cost him a perfect game, there was no reunion between pitcher Armando Galarraga and umpire Jim Joyce.

There won’t ever be one, in fact, on a big league field while they’re both still active.

Major League Baseball put a rule into effect this season that Joyce cannot umpire any games in which Galarraga’s team plays. The edict came after Galarraga and Joyce co-authored a book about that infamous game in Detroit last June 2.

Joyce called Cleveland’s Jason Donald safe at first base on what would’ve been the final out.

SHORT HOPS

The World Baseball Classic is expanding by 12 countries, with Israel, Thailand and France among the newcomers set to take part in 2013. There will be 28 teams in the next competition. … Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval is set to begin a rehabilitation assignment today and the team expects pitcher Barry Zito to start his minor league stint early next week. … Left-hander John Lamb, one of the Royals’ top prospects, will undergo Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery on his left elbow today.

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