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A-Rod lines single, walks in return

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez lined a single into short left field Wednesday in his return to the New York Yankees after a 17-month absence and went 1 for 2 with a walk.

Greeted by a 10-second mix of boos and cheers as he stepped into the batter's box for his first game following a one-year drug suspension, Rodriguez was wearing the Yankees' white uniform with pinstripes for the team's spring training home opener rather than the usual dark blue jersey used in exhibition games.

He swung past a pair of 91 mph pitches from Philadelphia's Kevin Slowey in the first inning and then singled on an 89 mph offering that was over the plate. That drew cheers from fans at Steinbrenner Field on a sunny afternoon with a temperature in the low 80s.

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