A-Rod 0 for 3, struggles in rehab

Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts for the Tampa

Yankees on Saturday, dropping to 2 for 18 (.111) with one RBI and

five strikeouts in his injury rehabilitation assignment

One day after meeting with Major League Baseball officials

probing the distribution of banned performance-enhancing drugs, the

New York Yankees third baseman played seven innings in the field.

He also was hit in the lower back by a pitch.

Rodriguez, coming back from January hip surgery, has played

seven games for Tampa and Charleston, both Class A farm teams. His

rehab assignment can extend through July 21.

MLB investigators are probing the closed anti-aging clinic

Biogenesis. Rodriguez has said he used PEDs while with Texas from

2001-03 but has denied using them since. He was linked to

Biogenesis in a report in January by Miami New Times.