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Rehab brings A-Rod to Pirate City

One day after more allegations of steroid use, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was at Pirate City in Bradenton taking part in an extended spring training game between Yankees and Pirates minor leaguers.

A-Rod batted third in every inning and was 1-for-6 with a single and a walk. The hit came in his final at-bat.

Showing that he’s nowhere near ready to return to the major league club, A-Rod did not play the field, and he was replaced by a pinch-runner both times he reached base.

A-Rod is recovering from hip surgery in March and is hoping to be back in the Yankees’ lineup later this month.

The Yankees slugger was not expected to comment on Thursday’s allegations that his steroid use started in high school in the mid-1990s, rather than in 2001 with the Texas Rangers as A-Rod claimed in a news conference in February.

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