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Despite hubbub, A-Rod a no-show Photographers, fans meet only disappointment

Baseball star Alex Rodriguez's much-anticipated trip to Buffalo to meet with federal investigators Friday never happened. And the New York Yankees' third baseman said it wasn't scheduled anyway.

Rodriguez, who was at spring training in Tampa, Fla., all day, told the New York Daily News he still doesn't know when he will meet with authorities to discuss his relationship with Canadian doctor Anthony Galea.

"Nothing has changed," the Daily News quoted the player known as "A-Rod" as saying. "We're going to continue to work together and cooperate, and we're going to talk to the feds and Major League Baseball shortly."

Rodriguez -- who is considered a witness, not a target of the probe into a Toronto doctor's alleged use of performance enhancing drugs -- said "nothing was ever scheduled" for Friday in Buffalo.

Newsday said neither Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman nor manager Joe Girardi would comment Friday.

A-Rod's non-appearance in Buffalo disappointed a posse of photographers and reporters who waited in 20-degree weather outside the U.S. attorney's office starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

They waited outside the Delaware Avenue prosecutor's office until shortly after 10 a.m., when James P. Kennedy Jr., chief of federal prosecutions, came out to tell them they were wasting their time waiting there. Kennedy refused to say more.

The posse then shuffled over to the nearby law offices of Rodriguez's local attorney, Patrick J. Brown, at 181 Franklin St.

They watched as Brown, a short time later, left his office, walked to a parking ramp, got into his car and drove off. He declined to comment.

There also were reports that A-Rod's plane flew into Prior Aviation, then was sent on to Niagara Falls, but there were no A-Rod sightings.

Finally, at day's end, the media trooped into U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.'s office.

After waiting out a news conference dealing with indictments of three people for financial frauds, the big question was popped.

Where was A-Rod? Did prosecutors talk to him?

"We have no comment," Hochul replied. "We can't confirm or deny any investigation."

An employee of Galea, Mary Anne Catalano, was arrested at the Peace Bridge on Sept. 14, 2009, and was found to have medical supplies, including human growth hormone. She is cooperating with authorities.

Galea's attorney, Mark J. Mahoney of Buffalo, denied that his client treated Rodriguez or other athletes with any illegal substances.

The athletes, including Tiger Woods, say that Galea helped them rehab their injuries with legal means only.

Galea has been charged in Canada by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who accused him of trying to smuggle human growth hormone into the United States. He denied the charge.

New wire services contributed to this report.

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