A-Rod batting second, playing third

August, 2, 2013
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Willie Weinbaum/ESPNIt's standing-room only for A-Rod's Friday appearance in Trenton.
TRENTON, N.J. -- Alex Rodriguez will play third and bat second in his minor league rehab game for the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Fightin' Phillies on Friday night.

A sellout crowd is expected at Arm & Hammer Stadium. The Thunder are expecting 150 media members -- about 10 times more than what they usually have.

Rodriguez arrived at the park at around 3:30 p.m. in a white BMW.

Rodriguez, 38, is trying to return from his Grade 1 quad strain and his second hip surgery. He is playing with the specter of being suspended hanging over his head.

As far as the Biogenesis investigation, A-Rod seems to be digging in to fight any discipline. It is not only that A-Rod wants to keep as much of the nearly $100 million he is owed -- he wants to play baseball again. The two sides are not close to making a deal at the is time.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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