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02/15/09 5:58 PM EST

A-Rod apologizes to SI's Roberts

Rodriguez accused reporter of 'stalking' during admission

Alex Rodriguez, who was critical of Selena Roberts' actions as she reported a story about him for Sports Illustrated, called her a couple of days later to apologize for his comments.

Roberts confirmed on Sunday that she had received a Wednesday phone call from Rodriguez. However, she is withholding any further comment until after Rodriguez's anticipated news conference at the Yankees' Spring Training camp on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla.

Among other comments about Roberts during the ESPN interview with Peter Gammons, Rodriguez said Roberts was "trying to throw things out there that in high school I tried steroids. I mean, that's the biggest bunch of baloney I've ever heard in my life" and that "this lady is coming out with all these allegations, all these lies."

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Rodriguez had also accused her of "stalking" him and of trying to break into his Florida home. A Miami Beach Police spokesman said Roberts did not try to break into Rodriguez's home.

Roberts denied that and other allegations in interviews Monday on MLB Network and Tuesday on Dan Patrick's radio show, saying she did nothing wrong in her pursuit of comment late last week.

"The allegations made by Alex Rodriguez are absurd," Roberts told MLB Network.

Roberts, who co-authored with David Epstein the Sports Illustrated article disclosing Rodriguez's positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003, has a forthcoming book on the Yankees third baseman.

"A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez" is scheduled for April 14 release by HarperCollins.

Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.