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Yanks' A-Rod homers in first rehab at-bat

CBSSports.com wire reports

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez hit a long home run Friday night in his first minor league game as part of a rehabilitation program.

Rodriguez homered to left field in the first inning for Tampa against Dunedin in the Class A Florida State League. He connected on a 3-1 pitch from former New York Mets lefty Willie Collazo, who is on Toronto's disabled list.

A-Rod finished 2 for 3 with two RBI

Rodriguez lined an RBI double off Collazo down the right-field line in the third. He took it easy running out the stand-up hit.

In his third and final at-bat, coming in the fifth against left-hander Matt Wright, Rodriguez struck out looking.

Rodriguez had surgery on his right knee on July 14. The All-Star third baseman was the designated hitter on Friday night, and is expected to play five or six innings in the field Saturday.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Friday night that Rodriguez may play for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rodriguez could rejoin the Yankees next Thursday when a series starts in Minnesota.

The three-time AL MVP is hitting .295 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI this season.


LHP Pedro Feliciano, who hasn't pitched this season because of a tear in his left shoulder, threw 30 pitches in his first batting practice session at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa. ... Backup infielder Ramiro Pena, who had an appendectomy on July 18, played catch in the outfield and hit off a tee. ... Converted reliever Mark Prior, coming back from a strained groin and back soreness, allowed one run, one hit and hit two batters over one inning in his third rookie-level Gulf Coast League game in the last eight days.

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