[image-1]If you didn’t jump on your opportunity to buy tickets to see the biggest Yankees star to put on a Riverdogs uni, you may still have a chance to see Alex Rodriguez take the field with about 1,500 standing-room only tickets that remain for tonight’s 7 p.m. game against the South-Atlantic League opponent Rome Braves. Visit Riverdogs.com for tix or call 577-3647.

A-Rod’s reportedly been working out ahead of the game, his first this year after missing the first half of this year recovering from offseason hip surgery, at the team’s training center in Tampa, Florida. “It’s been a long time. It’s going to be great to suit up again,” he told reporters yesterday. Rodriguez’s 20-day rehab circuit begins in Charleston days after the Yankees were swept by AL East rival Baltimore Orioles, capped off in a primetime ESPN game on Sunday. “We’ve had trouble scoring runs, but that’s no secret,” said head coach Joe Girardi.

The weather forecast for tonight calls for a 60% chance of rain, which seems about normal these days. Even though sales for tonight’s game are high, according to team ticketing policies, in the event of bad weather, rain checks will only be issued if the game is officially postponed prior to the completion of four and a half innings. See the Riverdogs homepage for more fine print.

Rain or shine, you can probably expect some boos for the 37-year old Rodriguez (he is A-Rod and is playing against an Atlanta Braves farm team, after all), but GM Dave Echols put it in perspective in an interview with the P&C, “You may not be an A-Rod fan, but like him or not, he’s fun to watch.”

Since it is the week of the Fourth, there will be fireworks after tonight’s game as well as tomorrow night’s official Independence Day celebration. (The team plays in Augusta on Thursday.)