Yankees stomp Tigers in 7-2 win as A-Rod joins elite list of players
Alex Rodriguez becomes 29th player to homer on 3,000th hit
Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit and smiled all the way around the bases as the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Friday night, the highlight so far in what has become a resurgent season for the formerly disgraced slugger.
Rodriguez wasted no time, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch, 95 mph fastball from Tigers ace Justin Verlander (0-1).
Out of baseball last year while serving a drug suspension, Rodriguez became the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits. He was the first to do it since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter’s box in 2011.
Adam Warren (5-4) gave up two runs in a career-high eight innings, and Brett Gardner and Didi Gregorius also homered as the Yankees won their third in a row. Detroit has lost four of six.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4 Marco Estrada took a no- hitter into the eighth inning, Edwin Encarnacion had two RBIs and the Toronto Blue Jays won their ninth straight home game.
Batting for Steve Pearce, pinchhitter Jimmy Paredes broke up Estrada’s no-hit bid with a bloop single to left to begin the eighth, ending a streak of 15 straight outs.
Bench coach DeMarlo Hale, filling in for ejected manager John Gibbons, immediately came out and replaced Estrada with Roberto Osuna. Estrada (5-3) won his fourth straight start, allowing one run in seven-plus innings. He walked four and struck out six.
Adam Jones hit a two-out, tworun single off Brett Cecil in the ninth, but Cecil struck out Chris Davis for his fifth save. Mike Wright (2-3) took the loss. Nationals 4, Pirates 1 Joe Ross struck out 11 in his third major league start, and the Washington Nationals beat A. J. Burnett and the Pittsburgh Pirates to end their eight-game winning streak.
The 22- year- old Ross ( 2- 1) allowed one run, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings. Drew Storen worked the ninth for his 20th save.
Burnett (6-3) gave up 14 hits, the most in a career that began in 1999.
Wilson Ramos had two hits and two RBIs for the Nationals, who ended a four-game home losing streak. Washington played without star right fielder Bryce Harper, who strained his left hamstring on Thursday night. Harper avoided the disabled list, although that could still happen if he’s slow to recover from the injury.
Rays 4, Indians 1 Asdrubal Cabrera hit one of three solo home runs for Tampa Bay in his return to Cleveland, leading the Rays over the Indians.
Cabrera, who played for the Indians from 2007 until being traded to Washington last July, broke a 1-all tie with a two-out homer in the second.
Joey Butler homered in the first inning and Steven Souza Jr. added a home run in the ninth for Tampa Bay, which has won seven of eight.
Rookie right- hander Nathan Karns (4-3) allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings for his first win since May 13. Four relievers followed with Brad Boxberger pitching the ninth for his 17th save.
Reds 5, Marlins 0 Mike Leake allowed only two singles through seven innings, and Marlon Byrd homered in his return from a broken wrist, leading the Cincinnati Reds over the Miami Marlins.
Alex Rodriguez homered for his 3,000th career hit on Friday and smiled all the way as he jogged around the bases in the highlight so far in what’s become a resurgent season for the formerly disgraced slugger.
The New York Yankees star wasted no time in reaching the milestone, connecting in the first inning on a first-pitch fastball from Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
Rodriguez became the 29th player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits, and the first since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter’s box in 2011.
With the crowd at Yankee Stadium standing in anticipation, Rodriguez sent a high drive to right field. He held onto the bat as he took a few steps toward first base, and right fielder J.D. Martinez bumped into the wall as he backed up.
The crowd roared as the ball sailed into the seats. Retrieving the souvenir ball might be harder for Rodriguez than hitting it. In the late innings, Yankees spokesman Jason Zillo said a “professional home run catcher” wound up with the prize and “he is not intending to give it to us.”
Rodriguez was greeted by teammates as he made his way to the dugout, and got a hug from manager Joe Girardi.
Rodriguez turns 40 next month. The three-time AL MVP launched his 13th homer and has enjoyed a productive year as a designated hitter after sitting out all of last season while serving a drug suspension.
Rodriguez hit his 667th career home run after beginning the day with a .299 lifetime average in 21 seasons. He joined Hank Aaron and Willie Mays as the only players with 600 homers and 3,000 hits.
The Reds have won 10 of their last 13 against the Marlins. Miami has been held to four runs or less in each of their last 11 games against Cincinnati.
Leake (4-4) has a history of success against the Marlins, going 4-1 in five career starts. He retired the first 13 batters Friday before giving up two walks. Christian Yelich singled through the hole at shortstop with two outs in the sixth for Miami’s first hit.
Byrd returned from a broken right wrist and homered in his second at-bat off Dan Haren (6-4), a solo shot to center.
Braves 2, Mets 1
Matt Wisler Earlier this year, Rodriguez passed Mays for fourth place on the all-time homer list and eclipsed Barry Bonds for second on the official RBIs chart.
For all his achievements, A-Rod has been a polarizing figure in recent years. While the crowd in the Bronx cheered him, there are many fans who will forever attach an asterisk to anything Rodriguez accomplishes.
Such is the baseball world in the wake of performanceenhancing drugs, where RBIs, ERAs and other huge numbers have been tainted by PEDs. Bonds, Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire are among the many with Hall of Fame credentials who haven’t come close to being elected because of drug scandals.
As Rodriguez ascended to becoming a perennial All-Star, many looked at him as a player who could help restore credibility to the record books while stars such as Manny Ramirez, Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro were caught up in drug scandals during the late 1990s and 2000s.
But in 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids while with Texas. His involvement in the Biogenesis drug investigation near Miami, where he lives in the offseason, was a low point and it got him suspended for a year after an acrimonious appeal.
After suing MLB and the Yankees — all lawsuits have been dropped — Rodriguez returned to baseball with trepidation. But he has won back some fans in New York by being a productive player on the field and a model citizen off the diamond.
Rodriguez tied the late Roberto Clemente with 3,000 hits, and can rapidly move up the list. Craig Biggio is 21st and reachable this year with 3,060, and Cal Ripken is 15th at 3,184.
Pete Rose owns the career record with 4,256. allowed only one run in eight i nnings i n his major l eague debut to outpitch Jacob deGrom, and Jace Peterson hit a two- run double in the eighth to lift the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets.
Wisler (1-0) allowed one run and six hits and no walks in eight innings. The NL East- leading Mets’ only run off Wisler came on Michael Cuddyer’s run- scoring single in the sixth.
Until the eighth inning, deGrom (7-5) was dominant on his 27th birthday. He allowed two runs and four hits, including two in the eighth.
New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hits a home run for his 3,000th career hit, during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers on Friday, June 19.