A-Rod took steroids as teen, and while with Yankees, claims new book

A-Rod took steroids as teen, and while with Yankees, claims new bookNew York, Apr 30 : An upcoming book about Alex Rodriguez claims that he might have bulked up with steroids as early as high school - and was suspected of juicing while playing for the Yankees.

The explosive tome, A-Rod, strongly suggests he didn''t give up performance enhancers when he came to New York - a point which defies the slugger's claims that he dabbled in steroids only while with the Texas Rangers.

Sports Illustrated writer Selena Roberts, who broke the story that A-Rod flunked a steroid screening in 2003, reveals fellow Bombers nicknamed the third baseman "B---h T--s" in 2005, reports The New York Daily News.

Also an unnamed major-leaguer is quoted as saying Rodriguez and steroid-tainted pitcher Kevin Brown were seen together with human growth hormone - HGH - in 2004.

The book is published by HarperCollins, and set to be released May 12.

Roberts was also told by a former high school teammate that the future No. 1 MLB draft pick was on steroids and his coach knew it.

Another student said the son of coach Rich Hofman admitted he saw Rodriguez use steroids.

Hofman said it was news to him.

"Whatever he was doing, he was doing it somewhere else," he said.

The 255-page book also chronicles A-Rod''s off-the-field escapades: his poker habit; his divorce from his wife, Cynthia and the relationship with Madonna. (ANI)