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Alex Rodriguez To Play With Tampa Yankees Friday Night

According to the P.R. department for the New York Yankees, Alex Rodriguez is set to begin his rehab assignment tonight with the Tampa Yankees. The Tampa Yankees are the Advanced-A minor league club for the Yanks, and they are playing a weekend series in Dunedin. Tonight's game is scheduled to begin at 7pm.

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Rodriguez will DH in tonight's game, and is expected to play third base for the Tampa Yankees in Saturday night's game. This won't be a long stay in the minors, though. At the very latest, Joe Girardi expects Rodriguez to be back with the major league club by August 18th.

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Fans out there in the Tampa Bay area will need to hurry -- it's likely these two games are the only ones Rodriguez will spend with the Tampa Yankees. While I wouldn't expect to see much from A-Rod -- he is returning from knee surgery and could be rusty -- it's always a novelty to get a front-row ticket to see a major-league star for $10. You simply can't beat the value.

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