If this is what Alex Rodriguez is coming back to he might want to contact Bud Selig drop the appeal of the suspension he was handed yesterday and inhale the penalty.

Rodriguez’s 211-game ban for involvement with Biogenesis begins Thursday but he can play through the appeal process and for however long it takes for an arbitrator to decide for Rodriguez or MLB.

In his first big league game since last October Rodriguez last night rejoined a Yankees team that is on the verge of becoming irrelevant in the AL East race and wilting in the wild-card chase.

Standing at third base Rodriguez got a clear view of the pounding the White Sox put on Andy Pettitte in the early rounds of an 8-1 whipping witnessed by 27948 at U.S. Cellular Field who booed Rodriguez throughout the night.

During Rodriguez’s final at-bat in the eighth in which he struck out looking the remaining customers chanted “Steroids steroids.’’

“It was good for me to come back and get the first one behind me’’ said Rodriguez who had hip surgery in January and battled a quadriceps problem during a minor league rehab assignment. “I felt pretty good at the plate. Defensively it will be more of a challenge.’’

The White Sox halted a 10-game losing streak thanks to lefty Jose Quintana who allowed a run in 6 2/3 innings.

The Yankees remained 9 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East and are 4 1/2 lengths out of the second wild-card spot.

Rodriguez who was immediately dropped into the cleanup spot by Joe Girardi went 1-for-4 and didn’t make an error handling three chances though neophyte first baseman Vernon Wells saved him an error with a sprawling catch to end the second.

Rodriguez blooped a single to left in the second flied to center in the fourth flied to left in the sixth and looked at a third strike in the eighth.

“He looked a lot more explosive to me’’ Girardi said when asked to compare Rodriguez to how he last year. “His swing looked more explosive.’’

Rodriguez described the past seven months as a “nightmare’’ and said he was “humbled’’ to wear the Yankees’ uniform “disappointed’’ about being suspended and would “follow the Basic Agreement and state our case” in the appeal process.