Yankees Alex Rodriguez hits 1st homer this season, No. 648 of career
New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez, left, runs past Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander after hitting a second-inning solo home run in a baseball game on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, in New York. (AP / Kathy Willens)
Published Sunday, August 11, 2013 2:20PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez has homered for the first time since he returned last week from off-season hip surgery and being suspended 211 games for performance-enhancing drug use.
A-Rod connected on Justin Verlander's second pitch of the second inning Sunday for his 648th career homer. It was the New York Yankees third baseman's 16th at-bat this season and first long ball since Sept. 14.
Rodriguez is playing while he appeals the ban Major League Baseball handed out as a result of its investigation into the now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic.
The three-time AL MVP was given a mixed reception when he came to the plate leading off the second. He sent a soaring fly that landed several rows back in left field and rounded the bases to a loud ovation.