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Alex Rodriguez homers in first rehab game

Aug 13, 2011, 9:13 AM EDT

New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits a solo home run during a minor league rehab assignment with the Tampa Yankees against the Dunedin Blue Jays in Dunedin

While the Rays were beating up on CC Sabathia last night, Alex Rodriguez was busy working his way back into shape against minor league competition.

A-Rod went 2-for-3 with a solo homer last night in his first minor league rehab game with High-A Tampa. Serving as the designated hitter, he slugged a solo homer in his first at-bat in the first inning, doubled in the third and struck out looking in his final at-bat in the fifth.

Rodriguez was homerless over his final 85 at-bats before hitting the disabled list, but told Chris Girandola of MLB.com that he is hopeful he will be able to hit the ball with more authority following knee surgery.

“I wasn’t driving the ball like I was used to, so for me, the home run meant a little more than just a home run because the last several weeks I was playing, I wasn’t able to drive the ball. My team expects me to hit the ball out of the park and hit with a lot more production and that’s what I expect out of myself, too. So hopefully I can come back and hit the ground running and help my team win the division.”

The plan is for Rodriguez to play again today and work out tomorrow before taking the day off Monday. He will then play with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and Wednesday before rejoining the Yankees next Thursday night against the Twins.

  1. jjschiller - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Typical A-Rod… SOLO homer, in a LOSING cause.

    (This post does contain sarcasm, which studies show may be harmful to those over 65, to women pregnant, or nursing, or to those with a predilection toward irrational feelings about A-Rod.)

    • anxovies - Aug 13, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      Been a long time since the the Yankees have had a losing cause, Bucko. They haven’t had a losing season, with or without ARod,since 1992. Nothing irrational about winning… unless you are a Cubs fan.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 13, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Even though I am a Phillies fan, I must admit I like A-Rod. He is a constant source of entertainment.

  3. humanexcrement - Aug 14, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    When I hear these stories I always wonder what the atmosphere was like when Alex Rodriguez (or whoever) walked into the high-A locker room. Weird.

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