Publication of A-Rod book moved up

NEW YORK -- An unauthorized and highly anticipated book about Alex Rodriguez is coming out a month sooner than planned.

Publication of Selena Roberts' "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez" has been moved up from May 19 to April 14 as scrutiny builds on the New York Yankees slugger after he acknowledged using banned substances from 2001 to 2003 while playing for the Texas Rangers.

"A-Rod," which reportedly includes salacious details about Rodriquez's private life, was originally titled "Hit and Run: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez."

Publisher HarperCollins, which this week listed the new release date on its Web site, has announced a first printing of 150,000 copies.

In a related development, admitted steroid supplier Kirk Radomski said in a radio interview Thursday that he believed four players were the source of the Sports Illustrated story, co-written by Roberts and David Epstein, that reported Rodriguez had failed a drug test.

"A-Rod was let out for one reason," Radomski told WFAN-AM. "Four players, four of his own peers, talked to Selena Roberts and David Epstein. Four players, I probably could get all four of them. I know who they are."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.