A-Rod to skip spring training opener

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Rodriguez will skip the New York Yankees' exhibition opener against Philadelphia in Clearwater and is slated to make his spring training debut at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday.

A-Rod is back from a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract,

Yankees manager Joe Girardi intends to give Rodriguez two or three at-bats as a designated hitter in New York's first home exhibition game this year.

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