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A-Rod welcomes himself back from the DL with a dinger and an awfully graceful bat flip

After more than three weeks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, it was only natural to assume Alex Rodriguez might be a little rusty in his return to the field. Sure, if his rehab stint at Double-A Trenton was any indication, both his swing and bat flip hadn't missed a beat, but questions still remained: Were they ready for the Majors? How long would it take for him to adjust? Is there any chance he could bring the bat dog with him?

Alas, our dreams of a bat dog singularity remain just out of reach. But in just his second game back with the Yankees on Friday, A-Rod assured us all that his bat flip game is just fine. Look, he even threw in a little hop to put your mind at ease:

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Sure, not the most vicious of flips, but what it lacks in ostentation it makes up for with wily veteran savvy. As A-Rod told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch after the game: "That's my version of a bat-flip, yeah. At 40, you don't have too much cool style. All that has left me. I don't know if I ever had it, actually."

The above two-run blast off Rays starter Chris Archer extended New York's lead to 3-0, and they would eventually hold on for a 4-1 win.