Alex Rodriguez skipped David Ortiz's news conference, opting to sleep in after hitting the winning homer in the New York Yankees' 15-inning victory Friday night.Just another serene moment in a surprisingly quiet summer for Rodriguez, who looked as if he might be headed for a long year when it came out in February that he was on the list of 104 major leaguers who allegedly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003."I'm focusing on playing baseball," the slugger said. "Less is more. ... Our team this year is playing well and there's music and there's apple pie and there's (championship) belts. The energy on this team has changed, too."Rodriguez faced many of the same questions in spring training that Ortiz had to deal with Saturday, when the Red Sox star said he never knowingly used steroids and that over-the-counter supplements and vitamins likely caused him to land on the 2003 list.Major League Baseball and the players' union said just because a player's name was on the list didn't mean he used steroids.After Rodriguez's name came out, he admitted he used steroids when he was a member of the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. The three-time AL MVP then missed the first month of the season after surgery in Colorado to repair an injured hip."I just think going back to Colorado and this hip injury for me is kind of a blessing in disguise, thinking about it," he said. "Just because it kind of gave me a chance to refocus and rethink things and take, basically, time out from all the white noise I created for myself over the last year and a half."Rodriguez hit a three-run homer on the first pitch he saw in his first game back, and the Yankees have been off and running ever since. New York is 55-27 since the slugger returned in May, moving into first in the AL East.Rodriguez's two-run shot Friday night gave the Yankees a 2-0 victory over Boston. He is batting .258 with 20 homers and 62 RBIs on the year and has no regrets about his public confession to steroid use."I'm so proud of the way just things came out and I took a lot of things off my chest," Rodriguez said before New York's 5-0 victory Saturday. "To me, since that press conference, I've felt like a new man."A-Rod sent a couple of text messages to Ortiz after the Boston star said the union confirmed his name was on the 2003 list."I didn't see anything," Rodriguez said after Ortiz went through the ordeal of a news conference. "David is a good friend. I've been there, done that. I lived it. Whatever he did, I hope he feels better about it because I certainly did once I had my press conference."
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com