A-Rod collects extra-base hit

Updated: July 15, 2013, 8:19 AM ET
By Chris Girandola | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- With a host of off-the-field issues seemingly mounting against Alex Rodriguez, he saved the best on-field performance for his last day in Tampa.

The New York Yankees star went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, including a run-scoring double, a walk and a strikeout as the designated hitter Sunday in Tampa's 4-3 win over the Bradenton Marauders.

In doing so, Rodriguez collected his first extra-base hit in the eight rehab games he has played with Charleston and Tampa.

"I did like the way I swung the bat today," said Rodriguez, who heads to Reading, Penn., to join the Double-A Trenton club. "I'd like to see me do that on back-to-back days, start driving the ball a little more consistently."

Besides the good news on the diamond, Rodriguez responded to rumors he had tweaked his quadriceps muscle in Saturday's game when he started at third base.

"What we do in here, we keep with our trainers but my quad feels good," said Rodriguez, who is working toward a second-half return from offseason hip surgery.

When asked if he was at full health, Rodriguez joked about Father Time.

"I don't think I was a hundred percent since I was a senior in high school but I feel very good," said the 37-year-old Rodriguez.

Rodriguez said he expects to stick with the 20-day schedule for his rehab stint, putting him on track to join the major league club on July 22 in Arlington when the Yankees face the Rangers.

"I'm very excited," said Rodriguez. "We're on schedule. We're very fortunate to get these two games in here. It's better to be conservative and smart. There are a few things I want to see myself do, especially this week. One of them would be going first to third, maybe going to second base to break up a double play aggressively and maybe score on a double from first base. Things like that, maybe come in for a barehanded play."

After Sunday's game, Rodriguez is 3-for-21 with three RBIs, two singles, a double and six strikeouts while getting hit by a pitch twice since beginning with Charleston on July 2.

Chris Girandola is a contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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