Alex Rodriguez heard it from both sides Saturday.

The troubled star drew a mix of cheers and boos in his first road game this spring, and a New York Yankees split squad lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 in Dunedin, Fla.

"I thought the fans were great. The fans are the best," Rodriguez said. "To me, one of the nicest things about being back in camp has been how great the fans have been allowing me back into the game and how welcome they've made me feel."

Rodriguez, returning from a season-long drug suspension, started at third base. The sellout crowd of 5,510 perked up when he walked to the batter's box in the second inning, and he struck out on three pitches.

The three-time AL MVP lined a 93 mph fastball from starter Daniel Norris off the right field wall for a single the next time up. He later flied out and finished 1-for-3.

After the game, Rodriguez spent a few minutes signing autographs for fans.

"The feedback has been like never before in my career. … For the most part, they've made me feel very welcome, which I'm grateful for," he said.


Passed away: Al Rosen, who won the 1953 AL MVP and played on the last Cleveland Indians team to win the World Series. He was 91. Rosen also was a successful front-office executive.

Broke his wrist: Seattle Mariners infielder Chris Taylor, who had been competing for the starting shortstop job. He is expected to miss four to six weeks. He was hitting .421 this spring.

Resigned: DePaul basketball coach Oliver Purnell. The Blue Demons were 54-105 in Purnell's five seasons and lost at least 20 games in a season four times. They were 12-20 this season.

Going west: Former Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush, who has reached a deal with the San Francisco 49ers, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement.


Logano wins Xfinity race

Joey Logano routed the field to win the Xfinity Series at Phoenix International Raceway.

The Daytona 500 winner raced to his first Xfinity Series victory since 2013 with his dominant win for Team Penske. He led 176 of the 200 laps and had the field covered.

Matt Kenseth was second, followed by Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon and Erik Jones.


Murray, Sharapova are winners

Andy Murray beat Vasek Pospisil 6-1, 6-3 to reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., with the hard-serving Canadian making it easier with 35 unforced errors.

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova needed six match points to put away Yanina Wickmeyer 6-1, 7-5 in her bid to become the first woman to win the tournament three times.


Horse racing: American Pharoah, last year's 2-year-old champion, won Oaklawn Park's Rebel Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths despite a loose shoe on a sloppy track in Hot Springs, Ark. The victory gave trainer Bob Baffert his fifth Rebel victory in six years and moved the Zayat Stables colt to fifth in the Kentucky Derby point standings.

Auto racing: Lewis Hamilton claimed a record-breaking fourth pole position at the Australian Grand Prix and Mercedes continued its dominance of Formula One by locking out the front row for the season-opening race. Hamilton, last season's champion driver, set a time of 1 minute, 26.327 seconds, six-tenths of a second faster than teammate Nico Rosberg.

Skiing: American Mikaela Shiffrin won her fourth World Cup slalom race of the season, beating Slovakia's Veronika Velez Zuzulova by 1.41 seconds in Are, Sweden. Shiffrin, who turned 20 on Friday, has won four of the past five World Cup slalom races.

Iditarod: Aliy Zirkle took the lead in the sled dog race after reaching the Koyukuk checkpoint and taking off again following a four-minute break. She bypassed Jeff King, who pulled into the village about two hours before her. Zirkle is trying for her first win after finishing second the past three years.


6Home runs this spring for Kris Bryant, the Chicago Cubs' top prospect. After being scratched from the starting lineup because of right shoulder fatigue he insisted was minor, Bryant came off the bench to hit two home runs Saturday in his hometown of Las Vegas in a 3-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Bryant has four homers in his last three games.