Around the AL East

Around the AL East
April 2, 2013, 12:45 am
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A few notable notes from around the Orioles’ division on Monday:

*Yankees: Look who showed up at Yankee Stadium for Opening Day — Alex Rodriguez. The erstwhile third baseman wouldn’t really talk about being linked to the Miami-area Biogenesis clinic, focus of a Major League Baseball investigation into possible performance-enhancing-drug use by a long list of big-leaguers. A-Rod did speak about his rehab from hip surgery.

“We're in the very beginning — I would say Stage 1 — in this recovery," Rodriguez said, as reported by mlb.com. "The recovery is going very well. I've been devoting 100 percent of my time and my focus into getting back and playing and helping this team win a title."   

Rodriguez likely won’t be back until after the All-Star break, but he said finding out about his injury actually made him feel better about his struggles last season.

"When I found out after the season was over about the big tear in my left hip, it was a bit of a relief to realize and understand what happened at the end of last year,” he said. “I was able to go in and fix it and rehab. I think once I'm mended and back to being 100 percent, there's no reason why I can't play at a very high level."

*Red Sox: Jackie Bradley Jr., the much-touted Boston rookie, made his major-league debut at Yankee Stadium. And unlike you might expect for a 22-year-old playing his first game in such a charged atmosphere, Bradley showed surprising patience at the plate, drawing three walks.

"I was definitely anxious. You want to swing the bat," Bradley said, as reported by mlb.com. "But I knew I needed to stick with my approach and make him [Yankees starter CC Sabathia] work a little bit and see some pitches. I was just trying to see a pitch up and saying to myself, 'Don't swing at the put-away pitch.'”

Bradley also made a fine catch on Robinson Cano’s line drive to left field. Though Bradley didn’t get his first big-league hit, he did pick up his first RBI and first run. And he played in his first major-league victory, an 8-2 win.

*Blue Jays: In advance of Tuesday’s Blue Jays opener against the Indians, Toronto starter R.A. Dickey checked out his new home surroundings at Rogers Centre.

"To get to stand on the mound and kind of get comfortable with my surroundings, it was a real treat to get to do,” he told mlb.com. "You don't often get the chance to pitch off the game mound before you get on it for real, but that was necessary for me just to get comfortable with the climate with the roof closed. It was special, and it left me anticipating a very fun night."

Will it be dome sweet dome for the knuckleballer?

"I usually have fairly good numbers inside of domes,” he said Monday. “Here in particular, going off yesterday's knuckleball on a game mound and the conditions there were here yesterday, I was very encouraged. I'm not going to make any predictions, but it felt good coming out of my hand and that's a good sign."