Alex Rodriguez called his season's debut a success, even if the results Tuesday night didn't bear that out.
Rodriguez played his first game since a miserable October and went hitless in two at-bats for the Charleston RiverDogs. In his first game since left hip surgery in January, Rodriguez grounded into a double play in his first time up then struck out looking against 23-year-old Williams Perez to end the third before coming out for the night.
For Rodriguez, the individual outcome wasn't important after waiting nine months to play.
''I'm just happy to be back playing,'' he said. ''I feel like a kid again.''
A rusty, soon-to-be 38-year-old kid, though.
Rodriguez had to charge hard on the game's first play when Rome center fielder Kyle Wren, the son of Atlanta Braves general manager Frank Wren, bunted down the third base line. Rodriguez fielded it bare handed, but couldn't catch Wren at first on the infield hit.
''That's a `Welcome back' for me,'' Rodriguez said with a smile. '...