TAMPA, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez's tour of the Florida State League moved to the Yankees' spring training home of Tampa for the fifth game of his 2013 rehab stint, but Rodriguez still looked lost, going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a groundout for Class A Tampa's contest against Dunedin. Rodriguez is now 1-for-12 with two strikeouts.
In his first at-bat, he swung at the first pitch from Dunedin starter Jesse Hernandez and chopped a grounder to third baseman Gustavo Pierre, who easily threw out Rodriguez at first.
In his second at-bat, he swung and missed badly at the first three pitches he saw from Hernandez -- three straight breaking balls.
In his final at-bat, he swung and missed at a breaking ball, looked at a fastball for a strike and missed again on the third pitch.
In the field, Rodriguez handled a hard grounder hit to him by Marcus Knecht in the fourth inning. He crouched down and rose with ease to make a comfortable throw to first for the out. In addition, there were two balls hit past him that he seemed uninterested in attempting to catch.
WHAT IT MEANS: While A-Rod continued to look rusty, both at the plate and in the field, his biggest concern now is off the diamond, where sources have told "Outside The Lines" that Rodriguez will be interviewed by MLB officials this Friday about his involvement with Tony Bosch and the Miami-area Biogenesis clinic.
CASH COW: There were considerably more people in attendance at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday. According to Tampa Yankees media relations, the only other crowd that has been bigger this season was the Fourth of July contest that featured postgame fireworks.
A LIGHTER SIDE OF THINGS: Rodriguez showed his kinder side while waiting in the on-deck circle in the fifth inning, as he walked over to two kids to sign autographs.
WHAT'S NEXT: Rodriguez most likely will play Wednesday at noon when Tampa hosts Dunedin, barring any setbacks on or off the field.