Brian Cashman said that whom Alex Rodriguez associates with on public grounds is none of his or the Yankees' business. And Major League Baseball agrees.

According to a published report yesterday morning, A-Rod's cousin, Yuri Sucart, who supplied the then-Rangers shortstop with performance-enhancing drugs – the infamous "boli" – from 2001-03, has been on several trips this season.

The New York Daily News reported Sucart, banned by the Yankees from any team function or facility in 2009, has been spotted at hotels where the Yankees stay, most recently this week in San Francisco.

"We don't control public areas," Cashman said by phone from his office. "All I can tell you is nothing with the Yankees has been compromised."

He added, "It's not an issue."

Later yesterday, Rob Manfred, baseball's executive vice president of player relations said in an email to Newsday, "The Yankees have assured me that the prohibition on access to controlled areas is in place and has been respected."

Sucart is free to purchase a ticket to a game and sit in Yankee Stadium or any other stadium.

"I know Alex has been through a tornado of stuff I know he doesn't want to go through again, so I trust that's not the case and none of that stuff is going on," Cashman said of further PED use. "I'm not worried about that aspect of it."


* Delta Airlines says a charter flight carrying members of the Los Angeles Angels made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport because of a mechanical problem.

Mechanics repaired a pump in the hydraulic system and the plane was cleared to fly.

* The Minnesota Twins put Jim Thome (left quadriceps) and Jason Kubel (sprained left foot) on the 15-day disabled list.

Meanwhile, Joe Mauer caught three innings in an extended spring training game, his first action on defense since he went on the disabled list in mid-April with weakness and soreness in his legs.

* John Lamb, one of the Kansas City Royals' top prospects, will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.

In games last night:

* At Kansas City, Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs, Anthony Swarzak (1-2) pitched six effective innings and the Minnesota Twins beat the Royals, 8-2, to halt a four-game losing streak.

* At Cleveland, Endy Chavez went 4-for-4, including a triple, and Nelson Cruz doubled twice in four at-bats as the Texas Rangers beat the Indians, 7-4. *