Sports At Phila. Front Page News; Yanks' A-Rod homers on 1st pitch in season debut
|New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, May 8, 2009, in Baltimore. Rodriguez joined the team for the first time this year after recovering from hip surgery.|
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez got right back into the swing for the New York Yankees, hitting a home run in his first at-bat. Rodriguez hit a three-run homer Friday night on the first pitch he saw from Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie. The Yankees activated Rodriguez off the disabled list before the game.
Rodriguez had been out this season since having hip surgery. He drew a mix of cheers and boos when he stepped to the plate in the first inning, then hit the 554th home run of his career.
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BALTIMORE (AP) - Alex Rodriguez says he's focused on helping the New York Yankees regain their winning ways, rather than making up for mistakes in his past.
The All-Star third baseman came off the disabled list Friday and rejoined the Yankees in Baltimore.
Rodriguez has been on the disabled list all season since having hip surgery in March. The game at Camden Yards was his first in the majors since he admitted in spring training that he used steroids.
"I've made a lot of mistakes in my career. They've been well-documented. I've paid the price," he says. "I think I have time to have a happy ending."