Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 Tuesday night in the first of his two rehabilitation starts with the Charleston RiverDogs. The New York Yankees star, attempting to bounce back after off-season hip surgery, hit into a double-play against the Rome Braves in the first inning and struck out looking in the third inning.

A near-record crowd of 8,255 watched the game at Riley Park.

“I had a blast out there,” Rodriguez said. “Great atmosphere. Great fans out there. Pretty impressive for (Class) A ball. A lot of people out there. Everyone seemed to be having a good time. For me it was just a great blessing to be out there.”

Two balls were hit to Rodriguez at third base. Kyle Wren barely beat out a bunt in the first inning.

“It was a welcome back play. It was a heck of a bunt,” Rodriguez said. “It always happens that way, right?”

Jose Peraza beat out a bunt in the third without a throw from Rodriguez.

A-Rod briefly signed autographs for fans along the first-base line after he was removed from the game.

Rodriguez and Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez, also in Charleston on a rehab assignment (strained oblique), will start for the RiverDogs again tonight against Rome.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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