Alex Rodriguez may have a bleak future in Major League Baseball following Commissioner Bud Selig announcing that the talented slugger will be suspended through the 2014 season for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, however he came through with his first home run for his New York Yankees in nearly a year. Playing against the Detroit Tigers, A-Rod connected in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game at 1 run apiece.
Despite the announcement of the suspension, Alex Rodriguez is still able to play for the Yankees while he goes through the appeal process. When he connected on a Justin Verlander pitch and drove it over the fence on Sunday afternoon, the crowd at Yankee Stadium erupted in cheers for their embattled star.
Coming back from a 110 game absence following hip surgery, the home run was the first for Rodriguez since September 4, 2012. It was his 648th home run of all time, and inches him closer to catching Willie Mays and taking over fourth place on the all-time home run record list. Mays is currently 12 ahead of A-Rod.
Heading into the Sunday’s game, Rodriguez had struggled in his return to the Yankees. Batting just 3 for 15 on the season, he especially has had a hard time against right handed pitching. When he connected in the second inning for a home run against the Tigers and Verlander, he earned his first hit off of a right hander this season. Verlander was the American League Cy Young award winner in 2011.
The home run also put Rodriguez in fifth place all by himself on the all-time RBI charts. The solo shot was RBI number 1,951 of his career and with it he passed Stan Musial on the record list. He also drove in RBI number 1,952 with a single in his next at bat.
New York would go on to win the game over the Tigers 5-4 following a walk-off home run by Brett Gardener.
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