Rapid Reaction: A-Rod goes yard in Trenton

Alex Rodriguez brought some extra Thunder to Trenton on Friday. AP Photo/Tom Mihalek

TRENTON, N.J. -- Alex Rodriguez has said again and again over the past few weeks that he wants to return to the New York Yankees. On Friday night, he let his bat do the talking.

Rodriguez hit a long home run in his rehab game with the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Friday night.

Friday marked was the first game of Rodriguez's second rehab stint this season. He played 13 games last month in various levels of the minor leagues, hitting .200 with two homers and eight RBIs.

Rodriguez hoped to return to the Yankees at the end of that rehab stint but his comeback was stalled by a hamstring strain, though A-Rod questioned the veracity of the diagnosis.

Hanging over all of this is the Biogenesis saga.

Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball officials are reportedly deciding how to punish Rodriguez for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. A source told T.J. Quinn of ESPN's "Outside The Lines" that Monday is the goal for a decision to be announced.

Here's a breakdown of Rodriguez's night on Friday:

At bat: Rodriguez put the barrel of his bat on a 2-0 fastball from lefty Jesse Biddle and deposited it over the high left-field wall in Trenton for a two-run homer in the third.

Rodriguez knew it was out as soon as he hit it, flipping his bat to the side and looking into the Thunder dugout.

It was the third home run in 14 games for A-Rod during his rehab stints.

Rodriguez, who was greeted with a mix of boos and cheers throughout the night, also walked in the first and struck out looking in the fifth. He gave his bat away to a fan as he entered the dugout before leaving the game in the bottom of the fifth.

In the field: Rodriguez fielded a hot shot to his left in the second. He gloved the ball, dropped it momentarily and recovered in time to throw the runner out and end the inning.

In the fourth, Rodriguez, playing in, fielded a roller on his knees and threw the runner out in plenty of time.

On the bases: Not much to report here. Rodriguez did not appear to limp or show any lingering affects of his Grade 1 quadriceps strain.

What's next: Rodriguez is expected to play on Saturday night for Trenton. For the time being, it is unclear how many innings he'll play or how many at-bats he's scheduled to have.