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TAMPA, Fla. Nike Air Max Classic BW Online Shop . -- Alex Rodriguez joked that it has been a long time since he last homered. Although he just missed getting one Sunday, A-Rod thought he was making progress. Rodriguez had a run-scoring double and two RBIs for Class A Tampa, his first extra-base hit during a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Rodriguez was 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter against Bradenton. Coming back from hip surgery in January, he is scheduled to join Double-A Trenton for Mondays Eastern League game at Reading in Pennsylvania. "Im very excited to be going up, absolutely," Rodriguez said. "I think were on schedule. It was a very good week. Things are moving forward." Rodriguez is 3 for 21 (.143) with three RBIs and six strikeouts during his injury rehab. He drove in a run during the fifth with a double to the base of the centre-field fence at Steinbrenner Field. "I did like the way I swung the bat today," Rodriguez said. "That ball felt good off the bat. Id to see me do that back to back days, driving the ball a little more consistently." Rodriguez was credited with a second RBI on an unusual fielders choice. Right fielder Willy Garcia dropped Rodriguezs fly ball with two on, then threw to second for a forceout as the other runner scored from second base. "Thats one thing about A ball, you see things youve never seen before, and Ive never seen that, but that was pretty funny," Rodriguez said. "I think getting the ball in the air for me is probably the most important thing. Just getting the ball up into the air to centre field and the other way, to me, those are good signs." Rodriguez drew a first-inning walk and struck out on a foul tip that ended the third. Rodriguez has played eight games for Tampa and Charleston, both Class A clubs. His rehab assignment can extend through July 21, after which he expects to return to the big leagues. "Thats the target, the 22nd," Rodriguez said, looking ahead to the Yankees game at the Texas Rangers. "Im very much looking forward to that date." Rodriguez said his legs feel fine as he advances to the next rehab step. He worked out on a back field Sunday for 35 minutes, taking 70 swings over eight rounds of batting practice and fielding 25 grounders. "The reports have been OK," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in New York. "Physically hes doing OK, and just keep rehabbing and trying to lengthen him out, play him a couple of days in a row and see what we have after the 20 days." Rodriguez met Friday in the Tampa with Major League Baseball officials investigating the distribution of performance-enhancing drugs. MLB investigators are looking into 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. Rodriguez has said that he has been told not to discuss the situation. "Im going to let the due process play out," Rodriguez said. Asked about a report Sunday in the New York Daily News that his lawyers are discussing whether to seek an agreement from MLB on a 150-game suspension rather than face a possible lengthier ban, Rodriguez responded: "I dont know anything about that." Nike Air Max Classic BW Sale . Reassurance came from Paul Tesori, his caddie and close friend whose newborn son is in intensive care in a Florida hospital. "Paul sent me a text this morning, just told me he loved me and wanted to go out and fight as hard as I would any other day," Simpson said Sunday after doing just that. Air Max BW . The Vikings announced Thursday that Priefer will be one of seven holdovers from the previous staff, along with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, wide receivers coach George Stewart and others. Norv Turner will mark his 30th year of coaching in the NFL as the offensive co-ordinator, as widely reported for weeks, and George Edwards will be the defensive co-ordinator. .J. -- New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee. Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated on a conditional basis from his indefinite suspension for multiple drug violations.The NFL announced Gordons reinstatement Monday, saying he will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season. He will be allowed to join the Browns at their training camp, which starts Thursday, and can participate in all team meetings and activities.With the leagues decision to afford Josh the opportunity to resume his career, he will be with us for the start of training camp, Browns EVP of Football Operations Sashi Brown said in a statement. At that time, we will discuss directly with Josh the direction of our team, our expectations of our players and a plan to support him on and off the field.Gordon will be permitted to remain with his team during his four-game suspension, his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said.Later Monday, Gordon took to Twitter to convey his gratitude for getting yet another chance.This is a unique situation, unlike other suspended players such as Tom Brady, who are banned from any football-related activities with their team during suspension. Any player suspended for performance-enhancing drugs or personal conduct policy violations have to stay away from the team, but there has been some leeway given to players on substance abuse suspensions, and commissioner Roger Goodell deemed this one of those cases.The last few times Josh was suspended, he couldnt be with the team, and that was counterproductive, Rosenhaus said. This is a great change, the fact that he can stay with the team during the suspension. Commissioner Goodell believes the ability for Josh to work with the team during his suspension will help him. He went outside the norm in this case.Rosenhaus said Goodell went one step further, and he said the commissioner told him that he hopes this unique change in the policy will help bridge the gap between the NFL and NFLPA, and allow them to craft a policy that will further help the players.Both sides believe the program can be improved, Rosenhaus said.While some have speculated that Gordon could be traded, Rosenhaus believes the Browns plan to retain Gordon, not trade him, and try to bring out all his potential.Its my strong impression that Josh and the Browns are determined to work together, Rosenhaus said. From our standpoint, were committed to working with the Browns to work with guys like Hue [Jackson] and Al [Saunders]. Josh is good friends with?RG III?and?Corey Coleman. Hes had a great friend in Joe Haden, who has been in his corner. Hes excited to get back. Hopefully the only stories about Josh from now on will be about him scoring touchdowns and having big gammes. Nike Air Max BW Mens. Haden tweeted support to Gordon on Monday.The league also announced that Gordon will be eligible to play in all of Clevelands preseason games once his clinical resources in Cleveland are confirmed. He will be eligible to return from his four-game suspension on Oct. 3.Goodell wrote a letter to Gordon on Monday, saying he has every belief that [Gordon] will make the right choices.As we discussed at our [July 19] meeting, as Commissioner, I want nothing more than to see you turn your circumstances around and succeed, Goodell wrote to Gordon. Countless others including your agent, teammates and coaches, Mr. Haslam and the leadership of the organization, the Program professionals and Jim Brown also have pledged to provide you with every resource at their disposal. But as you acknowledged, ultimately, your future is your responsibility. I have every belief that you can make the right choices, but it will be up to you to do so.Gordon was suspended two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and for the entire 2015 season for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy.He was denied reinstatement in April after reports he failed a drug test because of diluted samples that also tested positive for marijuana. The level of marijuana did not meet the NFLs threshold for suspension, but the diluted samples are considered the same as a positive test.At the time, sources told ESPNs Adam Schefter that Gordons possible reinstatement would be delayed until the league feels comfortable that he has 60-90 days of no red-flag tests.The Browns have continually said they will not address Gordons situation until the league decides whether Gordon will be reinstated. The Browns would then sit down and talk with Gordon and assess his frame of mind and attitude before making any decision on taking him back.If the Browns retain Gordon, his first regular-season game would be against the New England Patriots in Week 5 -- the same day Brady would be eligible to return from his four-game Deflategate suspension.Gordon, 25, has 161 receptions for 2,754 yards and 14 touchdowns in 35 career games, all with the Browns. He emerged as one of the NFLs top receivers in his Pro Bowl 2013 season, when he had a league-leading 1,646 receiving yards and caught nine touchdowns.He is family, new Browns QB?Robert Griffin III said of Gordon. I am happy for him.Asked if he thought Gordon could stay on track, Griffin said: I believe he can if he wants to. We will all be there for him.ESPNs Adam Schefter, Pat McManamon and Josina Anderson contributed to this report. 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