Amid unprecedented turmoil, Alex Rodriguez returns for Yankees

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He likened his return on Monday to his major league debut as an 18-year-old two decades ago. He spoke about the Yankees' "mission to enter the postseason." He said the Yankees would want him back "if I'm productive." He went on a startling soliloquy about how he's "a huge baseball fan" who wants positive attention paid to the game, almost as if he did so in purposeful contradiction to the commissioner's reported entertainment of the idea that he'd ban Rodriguez under the "best interests of the game" clause.

"At least for a little while."