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Alex Rodriguez


Rodriguez was dropped from cleanup to fifth in the lineup on Monday. The New York Yankees third baseman entered Monday's game with 10 hits in his 22 at bats and was hitting .286 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs this year. He was 1-for-3 on Monday with two RBI.


Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in Friday's 7-3 loss to the Blue Jays to become the youngest player to reach 450 home runs. The Yankees' third baseman, who turns 31 on Thursday, also recorded his 2,000th career hit. He is the eighth player to get his 2,000th hit before his 31st birthday. "Four hundred fifty is something I'm proud of and 2,000 at the same time, it's kind of unique," Rodriguez said.


New York's Rodriguez was selected to his 10th All-Star team on Sunday, as the starting third baseman for the American League. Rodriguez is batting .284 with 19 homers and 64 RBIs this season.


Rodriguez hit a game-winning two-run homer in the 12th inning of New York's 4-3 victory over Atlanta on Wednesday. It was the fifth game-winning home run of Rodriguez' career and gave the third baseman 100 career homers with the Yankees, the 34th player in team history to reach that number.


Rodriguez sat out Friday's game because of a stomach ailment and will likely not play on Saturday against the San Francisco Giants. The Yankees third baseman had been the only player to have been in each game this season.


Rodriguez stroked the 12th grand slam of his career in the second inning of New York's 15-2 romp over Oakland Monday. The slam by the Yankees' third baseman capped a seven-run second that sent A's starter Barry Zito to the showers after recording just four outs. For the night, A-Rod went 3-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and five RBIs.


Rodriguez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Team USA opened its second round with Sunday's 4-3 win over Japan in the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position until Rodriguez singled up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs.


On Monday, Rodriguez captured his second American League MVP Award, barely claiming the prize for the second time in three years over Boston designated hitter David Ortiz. Rodriguez finished the 2005 season with a .321 average, 48 home runs, 124 runs scored and 130 RBIs.


Rodriguez drilled a two-run homer in New York's 6-5 loss to Toronto Sunday, giving the American League home-run leader three dingers in the last four days. The Yankees' third baseman also recorded two-run homers on Thursday and Friday. With three homers and six RBI since Thursday, Rodriguez leads the AL with 44 home runs and has 118 RBI.


A tight right groin muscle forced Rodriguez out of New York's 7-4 Monday night win over Seattle after eight innings. The Yankees' third baseman has been bothered by the groin muscle recently, but manager Joe Torre said after the game that A-Rod probably would be ready to return Tuesday.


Rodriguez greeted Boston hurler Curt Schilling with a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning on Thursday, securing an 8-6 Yankees victory over the Red Sox. The longball was the 24th of A-Rod's season.


With two homers in New York's 12-3 romp over Milwaukee on Wednesday, Rodriguez became the youngest major leaguer to reach 400 home runs. He stroked a solo shot off lefthander Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth inning, making the 29-year-old third baseman the 40th player in major league history to reach the 400 plateau. The milestone came 49 days shy of A-Rod's 30th birthday, and no one before him has hit his 400th before turning 30.


In New York's 12-3 win over Detroit, Rodriguez served up two homers and drove in three runs. He also scored three times. The Yankees' third baseman padded his major league lead in runs (40), homers (16) and RBI (46).


Rodriguez is carrying a big stick on the Yankees' current West Coast road swing. In his last five games, in Oakland and Seattle, the Yankees' third baseman is 6-for-20 (.300) with eight runs scored, three home runs and nine RBI. He's homered the last two nights in Seattle, and his three-run shot in the first inning of Wednesday night's loss to the Mariners was his major league-leading 14th of the season.


After homering for the sixth time in nine games on Wednesday, Rodriguez has hit safely in nine of 11 games. In those 11 contests, the Yankees' third baseman is batting .357 (15-for-42) with six homers, eight runs scored and 14 RBI.

Wednesday's home run was the 10th of the season for Rodriguez. He's the first major leaguer with double-digit homers, and his 28 RBI trail only the American League leader, Miguel Tejada (32), and the National League leader, Derrek Lee (30).


On Tuesday night, Rodriguez hit home runs in each of his first three at-bats and became only the 11th major leaguer with 10 or more RBI in a game, leading the Yankees over the Angels, 12-4. All three home runs came with two outs against Bartolo Colon in the first four innings. A-Rod hit a three-run homer in the first, a two-run shot in the third and a grand slam in the fourth, producing nine RBI and a 10-2 Yankees lead. He added an RBI single in the sixth.

A-Rod hit his 11th career slam, and it gave him three homers in a single game for the third time in 11-plus seasons. His two other three-homer games came against Toronto (4/16/00 as a Mariner, 8/17/02 as a Ranger). As for the double-digit RBI performance, Nomar Garciaparra had been the last player with 10 RBI in a game, accomplishing the feat for Boston against Seattle on May 10, 1999. The AL record belongs to the Yankees' Tony Lazzeri, with 11 in 1936.