Wall of teammates to join A-Rod at press conference

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - It's Alex Rodriguez's turn. He'll be the center of what is becoming a nearly annual rite of spring for the New York Yankees: the drug-related apology.

Jason Giambi offered an ambiguous one at Yankee Stadium on the eve of spring training in 2005. Last year, Andy Pettitte gave an emotional and lengthy one at a news conference in Tampa.

Today, A-Rod is due to appear under the tent behind the third-base stands at Steinbrenner Field to talk about his admission last week that he used banned drugs. The Yankees says they don't know how specific he'll be, but teammates will be on hand to support him.

For his part, manager Joe Girardi says he doesn't think Rodriguez needs to "answer every detail." He says he'll speak to the third baseman before the media session, "just to look him in the eyes and see how he's doing."

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