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A-Rod's return likely to be Sunday

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez smiles as he

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez smiles as he watches the scoreboard during a pre-game ceremony honoring Minnesota Twins' Jim Thome for his 600th career home run last week against the Tigers prior to the baseball game in Minneapolis. (Aug. 18, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Joe Girardi and Alex Rodriguez made it clear before Saturday night's game: unless A-Rod comes to the ballpark feeling terrible, he'll start his first game since July 7.

“I think we all feel that way,” A-Rod said. “My mouth is getting watery here. I’m ready to play. I’ve watched enough baseball.”

For a second straight day Rodriguez ran in the outfield, took batting practice and ground balls and, most significant to him, ran first-to-third.

“We’ve checked every box pretty much,” he said.

Girardi, as well as most of his coaching staff, watched. 

“He was really good today, very pleased with what we saw,” Girardi said. “The only way I wouldn’t [play him] would be if he came in and said, ‘I don’t feel good today.’ It’s very possible he’ll be a player for us tomorrow.”


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