A-Rod playing with bruised knee, homers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez has homered in his first at-bat hours after the team learned was playing with a bruised left knee.

A-Rod hit his 32nd homer this season and 686th overall, off Jake Odorizzi in the first inning of Tuesday night's game against Tampa Bay. He moved past Craig Biggio into sole possession of 21st place all-time with his 3,061st hit.

Rodriguez had an MRI earlier in the day and was also examined by team orthopedist Daniel Murphy.

It is thought that Rodriguez was hurt sliding in Sunday's game against Toronto.

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