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Newspaper runs blurred-out photo of A-Rod's wife wearing shirt

NEW YORK -- While the Yankees were losing games left and right on the field,
general manager Brian Cashman had an additional headache -- the tank
top worn by Alex Rodriguez's wife.

Cashman talked to both Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez about the
shirt with foul language on the back she wore during New York's
11-5 loss to Oakland on Sunday.

"I did speak to Cynthia, and she's part of the family and
obviously we just keep that in house," Cashman said Monday. "I
wouldn't really comment any further than that."

Asked if he talked to A-Rod about the issue as well, Cashman
said yes. He also acknowledged that the team has a policy
prohibiting profane language on clothing and banners in Yankee
Stadium.

"Other than that it stays in house and within this family, and
nobody else is invited in," the GM said.

Rodriguez wouldn't comment Monday before New York played the
Minnesota Twins. Yankees manager Joe Torre also declined to
comment.

The slugger's wife wore a white tank top to the game against the
Athletics. A common, two-word obscenity ending with "you" was
clearly visible when she and her 2-year-old daughter, along with an
unidentified older woman, took their seats in the players' family
section at Yankee Stadium.

A front-page photograph Monday in the New York Post showed the
back of the tank top with the obscenity printed in Old English
lettering between the shoulder blades. The first letter of the
first word is visible; the three other letters are intentionally
blurred. The second word is 'You.' The paper's headline read:
"F-Rod."

In late May, A-Rod's marriage was front-page news when the Post
published a photograph of him and a woman -- later reported to be a
Las Vegas stripper -- at a Toronto hotel. The Post said the pair
entered an elevator in the hotel and later went to a strip club.


Ashley Papelbon, the wife of Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, said she feels for Cynthia Rodriguez.

"You want to protect your husband, especially with the things they're saying about A-Rod," she told the Boston Herald on Monday night at Fenway Park. "Now I don't know that I'd wear a shirt that says [the expletive] on it. I guess it surprises me that she would, but maybe it was just out of anger. She probably doesn't know what to do."

The Yankees have struggled all season, but Rodriguez is having
an outstanding year at the plate. He was elected to start at third
base for the American League in the All-Star Game July 10 at San
Francisco.

A-Rod also was chosen AL player of the month for April and June.
He entered Monday night's game batting .327 with a major
league-best 28 home runs and 79 RBIs.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.