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A-Rod says he feels fine after first game back

MINNEAPOLIS — Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup Sunday, more than 11/2 months after he went on the disabled list with a knee injury. Rodriguez hit cleanup and went 0-for-5 but said the knee felt great.

"Definitely a positive day moving forward," he said. "I'm relieved to get the first one behind me, and I'm looking forward to Tuesday."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi put him back at third rather than ease him in at designated hitter because the team is off today.

"His timing looked a little off," he said. "But I asked him in the eighth inning how he was feeling, and he said he feels great. That's the important thing. His timing is going to come with playing."

It was Rodriguez's first major-league game since July 7. He had surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee, an injury that limited him to 13 homers in his first 80 games. He has not hit a home run since June 11.

Giants closer out: San Francisco put closer Brian Wilson on the 15-day DL (retroactive to Tuesday) with right elbow inflammation. Manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes Wilson, who started the year on the DL with a strained oblique, can return when eligible.

Blue Jays: INF Adam Lind sat a day after being hit in the right wrist by a pitch. X-rays were negative, and he hopes to play Tuesday after today's day off.

Braves: RH reliever Peter Moylan, out all season with a bulging disc, will begin a rehab stint at Triple A tonight.

Cardinals: SS Rafael Furcal sat a day after jamming his right thumb during batting practice. 2B Ryan Theriot sat with a tight hamstring. Both are day to day.

Indians: DH Travis Hafner left in the eighth with a strained right foot sustained while running out a single. His status hasn't been determined.

Mets: SS Jose Reyes ran from home to first several times to test his sore left hamstring. He will not come off the DL when eligible Tuesday. But he hopes to ramp up his rehab today by making turns on the bases and increasing the intensity of his workouts.

Phillies: SS Jimmy Rollins left in the third with a strained right groin. He is set to have an MRI exam this morning.

Pirates: LF Jose Tabata signed a six-year extension through 2016 that guarantees him $14.75 million. It includes three club options worth a combined $22.5 million that could keep him in Pittsburgh through 2019. Tabata, 23, is hitting .267 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 75 games this year.

Red Sox: CF Jacoby Ellsbury missed his second game with a contusion in his back sustained when being hit by a pitch Friday. He remains day to day.

Twins: RH starter Nick Blackburn left in the second with a lateral forearm strain in his pitching arm. His status is unknown.

White Sox: RF Carlos Quentin sat a day after spraining his left shoulder while making a diving catch. He is day to day.

A-Rod says he feels fine after first game back 08/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2011 1:02am]
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