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      Rodriguez hitless in Charleston debut

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Alex Rodriguez went hitless in two at-bats for the Charleston RiverDogs in his first game since left hip surgery in January.

      Rodriguez played three innings at third base Tuesday night for the Yankees Class-A affiliate and came out after he took a called strike three to end the third inning. He also grounded into a double play in the first.

      Rodriguez was tested quickly in the field when Rome's Kyle Wren opened the game with a bunt single to third. Rodriguez charged strongly and fielded it with his bare hand, but could not throw to first on time.

      Rome shortstop Jose Peraza also bunted down the third base line in the second inning and Rodriguez was too far back to make a play.

      Rodriguez expects to play again Wednesday night.

      Rodriguez has been working out at the Yankees' spring training complex in Florida this year while recovering from surgery on his left hip on Jan. 16. The three-time AL MVP turns 38 later this month.

      Rodriguez has 647 career home runs. The Yankees have struggled this season while he and several other stars have been on the disabled list.