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Thursday, July 11, 2013
Rainout ends night for Alex Rodriguez

By Chris Girandola

TAMPA, Fla. -- Suiting up for the Tampa Yankees once again, Alex Rodriguez corralled one grounder at third base on Thursday night and tossed over to first for an out.

Then the skies opened up, making the infield at George M. Steinbrenner Field suitable for a monster truck show.

The rainout subsequently ended the night for Rodriguez, who had been scheduled to bat second in the order against the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Rodriguez, working his way back from offseason hip surgery, now turns his attention to Friday. That's when Rodriguez will be interviewed as part of Major League Baseball's inquiry into the Biogenesis clinic in Miami, sources confirmed to ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

Rodriguez was unavailable for comment following Thursday's rainout, but he did tell Tampa Yankees officials that he hopes to play in Friday's 7 p.m. game. Originally, he had planned on taking the day off.

With rain in the weekend forecast for the Tampa area, Yankees brass has the option of sending Rodriguez up north to play for either Triple-A Scranton or Double-A Trenton, starting Saturday.

In Wednesday's game, Rodriguez finally looked sharp, rapping a liner to left for a single and collecting his first RBI in six rehab games.

"I just am anxious to get up there and help the team," Rodriguez said Wednesday, when asked if he would be the designated hitter upon his return to the New York Yankees' lineup. "I'm not the boss. Joe [Girardi] is. I'll do whatever he wants me to do, whatever I can do to help."