Alex Rodriguez arrived at Fenway Park on Friday to begin a three-game series against the Red Sox bracing for an extended chorus of derision from Red Sox fans getting their first crack at him since baseball suspended him for 211 games. The punishment came after he was linked to a South Florida clinic that supplied players with performance-enhancing drugs.

But even before he stepped onto the field and listened to the first catcalls of the weekend he was already confronting more controversy. This time the CBS news program “60 Minutes” citing two unnamed sources reported that associates of Rodriguez had leaked information tying other players to the anti-aging clinic at the heart of baseball’s recent drug investigations.

The report said that the associates provided documents to Yahoo Sports in February implicating Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers as well as Francisco Cervelli one of Rodriguez’s teammates on the Yankees. Braun a former National League most valuable player and Cervelli were among 13 players who recently accepted suspensions levied by baseball stemming from their connections to the clinic Biogenesis.

Rodriguez denied the “60 Minutes” report and said he told Cervelli as much.

“I spoke to Cervelli this morning” Rodriguez said while sitting in the visitors’ dugout before a crowd of reporters and photographers. “Had a positive conversation. He understands it’s not true and we’re on the same page.”

Rodriguez is the one player who is appealing his suspension which at 211 games is more than twice the length of any of the suspensions issued to the other 13 players. He continues to be in the Yankees’ lineup while his appeal plays out. Now in the wake of the “60 Minutes” report he will have to deal with the notion accurate or inaccurate that he was willing to point the finger at other players perhaps to divert attention from his own Biogenesis problems.

“It’s not going to change anything in here” Yankees outfielder Vernon Wells said adding “I’ve always taken the stance that he has nothing to explain to me.”

Rodriguez has long been aware that there are baseball fans who share a distaste for him. But he seemed stung by the implication that he would sell out fellow members of the players union and he was at pains to declare his innocence.

“I’ve been a member of this union for 20 years” he said “and it’s important for all the guys to understand that my loyalty is to this union and it would never happen and never occur and it didn’t happen.”