A-Rod back on defense; Wang throws

Updated: May 2, 2009, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez took another step toward returning to the New York Yankees on Saturday by playing defense for the first time since right hip surgery in early March.

Rodriguez played third base for five innings in an extended spring training game against Pittsburgh minor leaguers. He had one play, cleanly fielding a one-hopper and then throwing out Gemmy Gonzalez at first base.

Rodriguez called it "an important day" to resume playing in the field and that everything felt ...

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