Action today for A-Rod…A Vikings-Peterson meeting…Kentucky now stands 30-0…Preview of tonight’s play

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez steps back into the batter’s box today in an organized game. It may only be an exhibition game for the Yankees as they entertain the Phillies, but it’ll be his first game in 17 months following his season-long drug suspension cost him the 2014 season.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials of the Minnesota Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson are reportedly going to meet face to face today. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman plan to travel to Peterson’s home near Houston to meet with Peterson. The person requested anonymity because neither side was publicly discussing the process.

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Top-ranked Kentucky remained unbeaten last night, but had a tough time doing so in a game with Georgia. The Wildcats upped their record to 30-0 with a 72-64 win over the Bulldogs. They trailed in the game by nine points with nine minutes to go before taking charge. Kentucky has one more regular-season game, this Saturday against Florida, and it is at home.

UNDATED (AP) — Duke will be the highest-ranked school in action tonight in men’s Top-25 action. The third-ranked Blue Devils, who are 26-3, are home to Wake Forest. In the only game featuring two ranked clubs 12th-ranked Notre Dame is on the road for a game against 16th-ranked Louisville.

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets are looking for a new head coach. They dismissed Brian Shaw yesterday after 1½ seasons and replaced him with assistant coach Melvin Hunt on an interim basis. Shaw went 56-85 after replacing George Karl, who was ousted after Denver won a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13.