Video: Alex Rodriguez’s home run with Double-A Trenton last night

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With MLB expected to put the hammer down by Monday for players connected to Biogenesis, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez resumed a rehab assignment last night with Double-A Trenton.

Working his way back from what the Yankees determined was a Grade 1 quad strain, Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a walk. It was highlighted by a mammoth two-run homer off Phillies’ prospect Jesse Biddle in the bottom of the third inning.

Check out the blast below:

Considerably more cheers than boos on that one. Rodriguez appeared to really savor the moment. And why the heck not? If Bud Selig has his way, it could be his last home run ever.

Report: Mariners sign Juan Nicasio to two-year deal

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mariners have signed pitcher Juan Nicasio to a two-year contract, pending a physical.

Nicasio, 31, spent last season with the Pirates, Phillies, and Cardinals, putting up an aggregate 2.61 ERA with a 72/20 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings. He appeared in 76 games, leading the National League.

Nicasio will help bolster the Mariners’ bullpen behind closer Edwin Diaz. It’s not known exactly what role he’ll have but it seems reasonable to assume he’ll handle mostly the seventh inning while Nick Vincent will set up for Diaz. Nicasio does have plenty of starting experience so he could also spot start in a pinch.