New York Yankees defeat Houston Astros, 4-3

As Alex Rodriguez waited for the results of his MRI Friday, the third baseman had several unpleasant thoughts circling through his mind.

Was his groin injury somehow related to the hip injury that landed him on an operating table 15 months ago? Would he require a second surgery despite being told this spring that he would not?

When the results came back with the diagnosis of tendinitis in his right hip flexor, A-Rod felt a great sense of relief.

"With the thoughts...