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Alex Rodriguez returns to lineup

Updated: September 3, 2011, 6:09 PM ET
By Mike Mazzeo | Special to ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi took a deep breath when third baseman Alex Rodriguez dove to his left for a groundball during the second inning of Saturday's 6-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

But after making the play and throwing to first in what ended as an infield single, Rodriguez got up without any problems.

His left thumb wasn't giving him any trouble, and to Girardi that's all that mattered.

"I did," Girardi said when asked if ...

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