After serving a one-year suspension for steroid use, the Yankees slugger Rodriguez is back in the New York Yankees lineup.
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New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez will bat 7th for the Yankees in their Opening Day game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Rodriguez, who has been reinstated with Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees after serving a one-year suspension for steroid use and his involvement with the Biogenesis scandal, has been removed from his 3B position to the DH and will bat 7th on the roster.
In February, A-Rod met with the Yankees ownership and brass to express his apologies and discuss the plan for him to return to the team. He also wrote an open letter to fans expressing his sincere apology for his behavior.
Rodriguez, who joined the Yankees in 2004, has made 7 All-Star games, three Silver Slugger Awards, two Home Run titles and helped the Yankees win the World Series in 2009. His 654 career home runs are 5th all-time.
The Yankees open up the first game at Yankee Stadium against the Blue Jays. Former Baseball Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre was chosen to make the ceremonial first pitch.
Notably, it will be the first year Rodriguez is on the team with Derek Jeter no longer around. The Captain retired at the end of the 2014 baseball season after holding Rodriguez’s preferred position – shortstop – for his entire career. But the Yankees never considered giving the shortstop position to Rodriguez.