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Sunday, September 1, 2013
A-Rod back in Yankees' lineup

By Ian Begley
Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was back in the lineup Sunday, one day after sitting out with flu-like symptoms. Rodriguez hit fifth and played third base against the Orioles.

Manager Joe Girardi put Rodriguez's name in the lineup but said he'd like to see how the third baseman got through pregame batting practice before making a final decision.

The three-time MVP is facing a 211-game ban for violating baseball's joint drug agreement and collective bargaining agreement. He is appealing the ban.

A source told ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand that the preliminary appeals process will begin soon. Newsday reported Saturday that the process will begin Wednesday. It is not expected to be completed until November or December, so Rodriguez should be able to play through the end of the 2013 season.

Rodriguez, 38, entered play Sunday hitting .280 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in 22 games for the Yankees.

In other injury news, Eduardo Nunez was in Sunday's lineup, hitting eighth and playing shortstop. Nunez injured his knee last Tuesday against Toronto and had been out of the lineup since.

Derek Jeter served as the Yankees' designated hitter on Sunday, hitting second in the lineup.

Ian Begley is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.