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A-Rod back at third for first time in rehab

LAKELAND — Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez went hitless in four at-bats and played in the field for the first time during his three-game rehab assignment with Class A Tampa on Saturday.

He flew out to shallow right in his first at-bat, grounded out and struck out twice. He handled his only chance at third when he fielded a soft grounder.

Rodriguez is 0-for-7 with four strikeouts during his stint with the Tampa Yankees.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman indicated that there was a good chance Rodriguez would join the club on Monday when it opens a three-game series in St. Petersburg with the Rays. He is expected to be the DH in this morning minor-league game in Lakeland.

Rodriguez has missed a little more than a month with a broken bone in his left hand suffered when he was struck by a pitch from Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez. Rodriguez, batting .276 with a .358 on-base percentage and a .449 slugging percentage for the season, went on the disabled list on July 25.

Eric Chavez, Rodriguez's primary replacement at third, hit .365 with a .403 OBP and .587 SLG in August.

LATE FRIDAY: The Athletics set season highs for hits (19) and runs in a 20-2 thumping of the Red Sox. The A's scored 20 for the fourth time in Oakland history and handed the Red Sox their most lopsided loss since 22-1 to the Yankees on June 19, 2000. Boston allowed 20 for the first time since Aug. 21, 2009, also against the Yankees.

GIAMBI NOT DONE: Former AL MVP Jason Giambi, 41, who is batting .241 with one homer for the Rockies this season and spent more than a month on the disabled list with a viral infection, said he hopes to play next season. "If somebody wants me," Giambi told the Denver Post.

BRAVES: SS Andrelton Simmons, out since July 8 with a fractured right pinkie finger, was cleared by a hand specialist to begin baseball activities and could begin a minor-league rehab assignment Tuesday.

CARDINALS: OF/1B Lance Berkman, out since Aug. 3 with a right knee injury, was activated from the 15-day disabled list. Berkman will initially be limited to a pinch-hitting role, manager Mike Matheny said. … SS Rafael Furcal, who tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last week, will try to rehab without surgery and could rejoin the team if it reaches the posteason.

DODGERS: Closer Kenley Jansen, who was hospitalized in Denver last week with an irregular heartbeat, is scheduled to see a heart specialist Tuesday.

INDIANS: SS Asdrubal Cabrera was scratched from the starting lineup with a sore right wrist.

PADRES: Closer Huston Street, out since Aug. 12 with a strained left calf, had a setback and was scratched from a rehab appearance with Triple-A Tucson. The right-hander is scheduled to be re-evaluated Monday.

RANGERS: SS Jurickson Profar, widely considered one of baseball's best prospects, was called up from Double-A Frisco. Profar, 19, hit .281 with a .368 on-base percentage and a .452 slugging percentage in 126 games at Frisco. He's expected to be a backup infielder down the stretch.

WHITE SOX: DH Adam Dunn, the major-league leader with 38 home runs, was out of the starting lineup with a strained oblique.

A-Rod back at third for first time in rehab 09/01/12 [Last modified: Saturday, September 1, 2012 8:56pm]
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