NEW YORK (AP) -Alex Rodriguez returned to the starting lineup for the New York Yankees on Friday night, though his status for next week's All-Star game remained uncertain.
Rodriguez missed his first game of the season Thursday because of a strained left hamstring. An MRI exam came back normal.
Rodriguez was listed as the third baseman and cleanup hitter for Friday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels. He leads the majors with 28 home runs and 80 RBIs despite being in a season-worst 0-for-19 slump.
``I think he's fine,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said.
Rodriguez was hurt Monday night when he tripped over the ankle of Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau while hustling to beat a double-play relay.
Rodriguez led fan balloting for All-Star spots, getting nearly 3.9 million votes for Tuesday's game at San Francisco.
A-Rod told Torre he probably won't know until Saturday whether he'll be able to play in the game.
Torre said he talked to American League representatives Friday to give them an update on Rodriguez's situation.

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