A-Rod returns to play for Yanks on Monday

11:33 AM, Sep 3, 2012   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Rodriguez was in the lineup for the New York Yankees on Monday and he will be batting fourth as the designated hitter to open a three-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Rodriguez, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list for a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch by the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez on July 24, is hitting .276 with 15 homers and 44 RBI in 94 games this season.

The Yankees went 18-18 during Rodriguez's absence and entering Monday's action, the team holds a two-game lead over Baltimore for first place in the AL East.

In two rehab games for Single-A Tampa, the 37-year-old went 0-for-7 with a walk and four strikeouts.

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