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Alex Rodriguez goes 1-for-4 with a single in his first game back with Yankees

Aug 5, 2013, 11:23 PM EDT

Yankee's Rodriguez hits a single while playing the White Sox in the second inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Chicago Reuters

Let the spectacle begin.

Despite being handed a 211-game suspension from MLB for his alleged connections to Biogenesis, Alex Rodriguez is making his season debut tonight against the White Sox. In his first game in the majors since January hip surgery, he’s batting cleanup and playing third base. And you can count on HBT to bring you all the details.

8:39 PM: With the Yankees down 3-0, Rodriguez led off the top of the second inning against left-hander Jose Quintana for his first at-bat. Not surprisingly, he didn’t get a very warm welcome for the U.S. Cellular Field crowd, with boos raining down on him after his name was announced and during the at-bat.

After Rodriguez took the first two pitches for balls, he dumped a single into shallow left field which Casper Wells failed to catch on the dive. See, he’s already a massive improvement at third base. Rodriguez scampered to third base on a double by Vernon Wells — and looked perfectly healthy doing so — but he ended up being stranded there after Quintana sat down Curtis Granderson, Ichiro Suzuki, and Eduardo Nunez. That’s Yankee baseball in 2013 for you.

9:38 PM: Rodriguez took his second at-bat in the top of the fourth inning with one out. After swinging through a pitch for strike one and taking a ball which got away from the catcher, he flew out a few feet away from the warning track in center field. Rodriguez was visibly frustrated after he made contact, as he likely realized that he just missed a potential home run. As for the U.S. Cellular Field crowd, it was more reason to celebrate a 7-0 lead for the home team.

10:21 PM: Rodriguez had his third at-bat in the sixth inning with one out. After taking two balls and swinging through a pitch, he ripped one just short of the warning track in left field. He hit the ball hard and gave it a pretty good ride, but Casper Wells was right there to secure the out. Rodriguez is now 1-for-3 with a single and two fly outs on the evening.

11:04 PM: Rodriguez came up for his fourth at-bat with no outs and a runner on first in the top of the eighth inning. Facing reliever Matt Lindstrom, he ran the count full before striking out looking, which was followed by a loud ovation from the fans. It’s worth noting that the boos and chants were even louder in this at-bat than earlier ones, likely because the fans realized it would be his final at-bat of the night.

11:23 PM: The Yankees lost to the White Sox by the score of 8-1 while Rodriguez ended the night 1-for-4 with a single, two fly outs, and a strikeout. While his range at third base isn’t great at this point, he handled all of his chances in the field without any major issue and looked fine when he ran the bases. Rodriguez will have a really tough test on his hands tomorrow night when the Yankees go up against Chicago’s ace Chris Sale.

  1. rbj1 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    They were saying “Boooooourns.”

    • cohnjusack - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      As long as we’re making Simpsons reference….

      …and no, I can find no way to tie this in with Alex Rodriguez or baseball in any way.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        If it was a Barry Bonds tie-in you could post Ken Griffey Jr.s Gigantism.

  2. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    I was listening on the radio, the boos were obvious and loud, yet these 2 Yankee radio hacks were saying “it’s not bad, there are some cheering Alex”. They were just so happy to have his bat back in the line-up I nearly threw up in my mouth.

    • dondada10 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

      Whereas Michael Kay is taking a hilarious “I don’t know how I feel” stance. Puppet. He’s just gonna wait for the callers on his radio show to tell him how he feels.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

      I would rather take a bullet to the head than listen to Sterling/Waldman. It’s bad enough I’m listening to Michael Kay right now.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:02 PM

        Not sure who they were, one was a woman, they must think the radios listeners were deaf.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:48 PM

        I’d rather be deaf than listen to Suzyn Waldman for any extended period of time.

    • apkyletexas - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      He looked pretty good to me, and those radio guys were right – there were a ton of people standing and cheering him. Definitely more boos, but it was a road game in Chicago. I was surprised he had as much support as he did.

      And by the way, Sterling and Waldman are doing the right thing – they are calling the game professionally and refusing to focus on the A-Rod situation. All they’ve said is that the Yankees need him, Granderson and Soriano to start hitting now that they’ve joined the lineup – because the other Yankee batters have been horrible so far this year.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Can’t see the game; however, I understand that in his second at bat, his fly was undone.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:24 PM

      I did hear a few cheers, there were a handful of Yankee fans there standing and applauding.

      I also got a good laugh out of A-Rod singling. I knew people’s anger will just be too great.

  3. dondada10 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    For the sake of chaos, I hope he hits for the cycle tonight.

  4. blueballz77 - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Single!? That’s it he still juicing

  5. yahmule - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Rodriguez seems to have broken Scott Miller’s brain:

    “At this point, you have to figure that his real name isn’t even Alex Rodriguez, right? And he probably isn’t even really a member of the human race.

    Everything about the guy has been a lie for more than a decade now. Possibly for his entire life. Especially his earnest tales of yore that he pulled himself up by his baseball bootstraps with good, old-fashioned blood, sweat and batting practice.

    Maybe he’s really Beldar, from some distant galaxy where lies are truth and reality is whatever you say it is. I bet the hair on his head isn’t even real. I know his 647 career homers aren’t.”

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/scott-miller/23027018/at-this-point-you-wonder-whether-arod-is-even-the-phonys-real-name

  6. tfbuckfutter - Aug 5, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    We’re all fully aware that if A-Rod plays well the Yankee fans are going to change their tune completely, and totally defend him and bash the unjust system, right?

    And then when he starts falling off, they are going to flip-flop again.

    I just want to make sure that EVERYONE is FULLY AWARE that it is exactly what is going to happen IF he plays well.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Arod is now 1 for 2 and the Yankees are only down by 7 to 0. Good old Andy has been knocked out of the game early and the Captain is on the DL. Can Arod suck it up, channel his inner Joe DiMaggio, and lead the Yankees to a comeback?

      • nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Joe DiMaggio? He’d have to channel the entire 1927 Murderers Row lineup to have any chance at all.

    • Kevin S. - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      That’s fine, but I just want to make you aware that bigharold, church and myself have already been defending him against the way he’s been treated by the Yankees, MLB and the media so you don’t go off accusing us of hypocrisy if he does indeed play well.

      • tfbuckfutter - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        Well, you can always take pride in being consistent.

  7. mauldawg - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Just another reason to hate the Yankees. Gutless cowards from the top to bottom. Protecting cheaters is more important than morals. Hope someone plants a heater in his face.

  8. Stiller43 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Mauldawg,

    The yankees have clearly wanted to never see a-rod again so they can rid themselves of the circus that comes with him AND his contract…not sure how theyre protecting him.

    Signed,
    A fan far from being a yankees fan.

  9. mauldawg - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Stiller43 You need to read the comments by the manager and some players.

    • dan1111 - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:11 AM

      Managers and players rarely come out publicly against a player, even if they want to. It’s called being a professional. The only thing unusual in this situation is how publicly Cashman has expressed frustration with him.

      It’s hard to ignore that getting rid of A-Rod would be a huge financial and public relations boon to the Yankees. I seriously doubt they are protecting him.

  10. janessa31888 - Aug 5, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    Ugh, when will it ever end? So sick of this guy. Oversaturated with ArodTalk.

  11. Stiller43 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    Mauldawg,

    So the players equal the yankee organization?

    All girardi can do is use the best players he’s given in order to win for his teams’ sake…which obviously affects his own stake. A-rod is clearly better than the dumpster fire theyve had at 3rd year to date.

    And what are the players going to say? This guys an a-hole and i want nothing to do with him? I have no doubt he’s probably been a pretty good teammate to them, and thats what they can judge him on.

    Clearly, yankee management wants 0 to do with him, and prefer if he were given a liftetime ban. Thats who really matters

  12. subpop360 - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    I’ll log these updates under “who gives a $hit”

    • km9000 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:07 PM

      But if A-Rod’s season ended now, he’ll have been given 28 million $ for that hit.

  13. edwardemanuelson - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    I must be the only one who’s enjoying all of this drama. Let him play! Haha…

  14. rj2922 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Who cares

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    • drewzducks - Aug 6, 2013 at 2:17 AM

      She’s made $70 an hour lying on her back for the last 8 months ? Since when do they charge by the hour ?

  17. schniz61 - Aug 5, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I wish the cattle would stop writing about A-Fraud. He should be treated like the stupid fan that runs on to the field. How about an article about the relevant players in the game?

    • ezthinking - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      I wish people would make the same post twice.

      • schniz61 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:18 AM

        There are a lot of cattle to feed.

  18. sleepyirv - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Looking forward to Hardball headline “A-Rod eats Sandwich”

  19. klownboy - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    I must say as much as I hate A-Roid (I’m a BIG Yankees fan), Bud Selig is getting his just dessert for getting in bed with the PED cheats in the first place. Selig and his owners had to know what was going on the past 15 years or so.

    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-GT

  20. proudlycanadian - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Remember! Jeter homered when he came off the DL. By comparison, all Arod could do was to hit a single.

  21. riverace19 - Aug 6, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Please stop. Resume reporting real baseball news. This site is completely jammed up with ARod BS. Losing its value

  22. s2mikey - Aug 6, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    The entire sport of baseball is a joke along with their poster boy, pay rod. How desperate must people be to hand over good money to watch this tripe? The biggest collection of overpaid prima donnas on the planet, all in one place. What’s the minimum salary now, $10,000,000 per season? What’s the average out of shape bum player spend on the DL? Half the season? I wish people would stop supporting this sport so it can be reborn and fixed. Sad.

  23. jayscarpa - Aug 6, 2013 at 8:20 AM

    “That’s Yankee baseball in 2013 for you.”

    Yeah, not the best of years so far. It could be worse. Not much worse but they have scored more runs than Houston!

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