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Yanks' A-Rod Gets Mixed Reception At First Home Game Since Suspension

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The New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez got a mixed reception at Yankee Stadium on Friday for his first home game since being handed a 211-game suspension for his links to a Florida drug clinic.

A combination of boos and cheers rang throughout the stadium as A-Rod stepped up to the plate in his first appearance at home this season.

Many Yankee fans did offer A-Rod support with signs saying, "We believe in you" and "We're behind you 100%."

With the Yankees up 1-0, Rodriguez struck out to end of the first inning. He finished 0-4 at the plate, but Brett Gardner singled in a run with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to win the game and end the Yankees' four-game losing streak.

Rodriguez was also booed loudly in Chicago when he made his season debut on Monday.

Some Yankees fans who spoke with NY1 earlier on Friday said they were ready to heckle A-Rod, while others were willing to be more forgiving.

"If I was there I would boo him. A-Rod is a fraud. That's just the way I feel," said one Yankees fan.

"Bench him. I'd bench him. Maybe show him a lesson something like that - I'd bench him," said another Yankees fan.

"This is Yankees territory, so I think he'll be received well. Bottom line - it's based on his performance," noted a third Yankees fan.

In regards to the possibility of fan booing at Friday's game, The New York Post asked Yankees' manager Joe Girardi what he would do if his son were in the stands.

"There are consequences for your actions and you're usually going to have to pay for them," said Girardi. "I talk to my son about the value of hard work and doing things the right way. As far as my son is a fan, I would tell him not to get wrapped up with what goes on in the stands."

Rodriguez has formally appealed his suspension, allowing him to play until an arbitrator rules, which is not expected until after the season.

Friday's game against the Detroit Tigers is also A-Rod's first time back in pinstripes since his disastrous performance in the playoffs, when he was benched by Girardi.

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