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Height/Weight: 6-3/225 | Birthdate: 7/27/1975 | Birthplace: New York, NY | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 21 | Salary: $29,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 93/75 | Average Draft Position: 212.99
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Yankees Brett Gardner: Alex Rodriguez is 'all business'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner isn't surprised by Alex Rodriguez's approach this season. 

"He’s been all business since he’s been back," Gardner said, per the Journal News. "Last year, obviously, was very, very tough for him, and tough for a lot of people, but I think ever since he’s come back he’s been all about working hard and trying to help the team win."

That's in keeping with what Gardner has seen from A-Rod in the time the two have been teammates. 

"I’ve had a chance over the last eight or nine years to really see behind the scenes and what goes into his preparation for the game, and the way that he works in the offseason. He doesn’t need to go out of his way to try to win me over," Gardner said. 


Next up for A-Rod on milestone list: 3,000 Hits


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) With Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez catching Willie Mays Friday in the all-time home run chase, next up on his milestone list is 3,000 hits where, coming into Saturday's game, he's 44 shy of reaching, per MLB.com.

"I still think that he’ll be asked a lot about [3,000 hits]," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “There aren’t a lot of people in the big leagues that have had 3,000 hits, so he’ll be asked a lot about it. I’m sure he’ll think plenty about it, but we also have some time until we get there.”

Report: Yankees will not change their plans regarding A-Rod bonus


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) The Yankees are sticking to their guns and will not change their position regarding Alex Rodriguez's historic 660th home run. Rodriguez tied Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays for fourth all time in home runs in Friday night's win over the Red Sox.

There is a marketing agreement between Rodriguez and the Yankees which was negotiated in 2007 that offers A-Rod $6 million for hitting No. 660 and tying Mays. The Yankees have indicated that will not view the home run as a milestone, and therefore have no obligation to make good on the deal, according to the New York Daily News

Rodriguez could choose to fight the team through arbitration. Rodriguez was asked about how he plans to handle the situation.

"I've learned my lesson," he said, per the report. "I'm doing things a different way now. I know those things will work themselves out."

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Saturday that the team is not obligated to pay Rodriguez the $6 million bonus, reports USA Today.


Yankees manager Joe Girardi says A-Rod 'feeds' off the boos


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/2/2015) Alex Rodriguez has had to play to heavy boos on the road through most of his career, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said sometimes that can make a player better, reports NJ.com.

"It's happened so much over his career," Girardi said. "Sometimes players feed off it."

Rodriguez's pinch-hit home run Friday was the winning run for the Yankees and tied him with Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list.

A-Rod's historic 660th HR also serves as game winner for Yankees


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/1/2015) Alex Rodriguez's historic home run Friday served as the game winner for the Yankees against the Red Sox.

A-Rod broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning with his 660th career home run, a pinch-hit job, tying him with Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time home run list.

"I love to study baseball and our history," Rodriguez said. "You think about DiMaggio, Mantle, Ruth and Mays, I’ve said it before, he was my father’s favorite player. In the time that he did it, there’s absolutely no comparison of me or anyone else to Willie Mays."


A-Rod held out of Yankees lineup for second time in three games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez was held out of the starting lineup Friday against the Red Sox for the second time in three games and fourth time this season. However, Rodriguez assured reporters he was not hurt and just getting a day off.

Rodriguez is hitless in his last two games (nine at-bats) and is batting .135 in his last 10 games. He opened the season with a .344 average in his first 10 games.


Cashman: Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez 'saying all the right things"


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) The same Brian Cashman who once cursed in telling Alex Rodriguez to shut up is now impressed with the way the Yankees designated hitter is expressing himself.

The general manager, who swore at Rodroguez in the midst of the Biogenesis investigation, is now praising him.

"He's come in and said all the right things," Cashman told ESPN. "In the clubhouse, he has always been accepted, how the players relate with him and he relates with his teammates. He has always been a really good, exceptional, baseball mind. His interaction with the press and his off-the-field stuff, he obviously has been great since he came back."

Rodriguez will be due $6 million via a marketing agreement when he hits his next home run, thereby tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list with 660. ESPN is claiming through sources that the Yankees would not attempt to deny Rodriguez that money. The agreement was struck in 2007, before the scandal involving Rodriguez began.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez goes 0 for 6 with 4 strikeouts


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Alex Rodriguez struck out four times for only the fifth time in his career in Wednesday afternoon's 3-2 loss to the Rays. 

He accounted for a quarter of the Yankees' 16 strikeouts for the day. Rodriguez finished the woeful day 0 for 6 from the plate, the first time that's happened in his career. 

"Today I didn't feel very comfortable," Rodriguez said, via NJ.com. "I wasn't picking up the ball really well. I took some really ugly swings."

Rodriguez is still sitting on 659 career home runs, which is just one shy of Willie Mays' mark of 660. Mays' mark is the fourth-best in MLB history. 

“You just have to press delete,” Rodriguez said, via The News Journal. “Today was definitely a tough day for our offense and specifically for me, but just (have a) short memory. Another game on Friday.”


Yankees' Girardi: I hope A-Rod gets No. 660 'over with' Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Yankees designated hitter and corner infielder Alex Rodriguez will return to the lineup and will will bat third Wednesday afternoon against Tampa Bay. With a six-game road trip, starting in Boston on Friday, manager Joe Girardi wants the embattled slugger to hit home run No. 660 instead of bringing extra drama to Fenway park, per MLB.com.

"It just might crowd our clubhouse a little bit more if he doesn't, but it doesn't matter either way," Girardi said. "I'd prefer that he does it with two or three guys on today and gets it over with."

Rodriguez slugged home run No. 659 on Sunday, and sits one behind Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list. He is 1 for 4 with two strikeouts in his career against Rays starter Drew Smyly. He is hitting .254 (16 for 63) with five homers and 13 RBI over 19 games.


A-Rod offers instructions, advice to new Yankees SS Didi Gregorius


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/28/2015) Shortstop Didi Gregorius has some huge shoes to fill, replacing Derek Jeter, so the first-year Yankee spent some time Tuesday getting instructions from teammate and former All-Star shortstop Alex Rodriguez, per LoHud.com.

"It’s just a veteran player looking to lend a helping hand in situations," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “Didi is still a young player ... He’s not a seasoned veteran out there. Alex’s experience playing short and his experience playing here in New York can help Didi.”

Rodriguez played shortstop 10 of his 21 years in the major leagues, being named an MVP and an All-Star seven times while manning that position.

“He’s making a lot of transitions,” Rodriguez said of Gregorius. “New York is one. The Yankees, things are different here for sure."

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez out of the lineup Tuesday against Tampa


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Yankees third baseman and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is out of the starting lineup Tuesday against the Rays, with Garrett Jones taking over the DH role, the team announced.

Rodriguez had played the last four games in a row with just two games off in the first 20 to start the season. He is hitting .254 with five home runs in 63 at-bats this season. Jones is hitting .217 with a triple in 23 at-bats this season.


Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury returns to the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury will return to the starting lineup Monday against the Rays, the team announced. Ellsbury was pulled in Saturday's game with hip tightness and missed Sunday's game with the injury. Ellsbury is hitting .282 with a home run in 71 at-bats. 

Alex Rodriguez will also slide over to third base from designated hitter and move Chase Headley to the bench. Didi Gregorius also returns to the lineup at shortstop with Stephen Drew shifting to second base and Gregorio Petit moving to the bench.

The Yankees are currently the favorites (-140) against Tampa Bay.


Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez connects for home run 659 Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 at the plate in New York's 6-4 win over the Mets Sunday. 

Rodriguez did his damage early on, connecting for a solo home run in the first inning off Jonathon Niese, his 659th in his career. Rodriguez is now just one home run shy of Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. He is hitting .242 with 13 RBI in 60 at-bats this season.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez returns to lineup Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) After getting Thursday off to rest, Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returned to the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets, the team announced.

Rodriguez will hit third and is going against Jacob deGrom, who he has never faced in his career.

The Yankees are the favorites (-135) over the Mets on Friday.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez looking 'comfortable' at plate


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez has had an impressive start to open the season and opposing teams are taking notice.

"He looks completely comfortable and relaxed in the box. He's not swinging at many bad pitches," a scout said, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Rodriguez has hit four home runs with 11 RBI in 49 at-bats to start the season. He was given the day off Thursday, but is expected to return to the lineup Friday against the Mets.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez gets the day off in Detroit


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi gave the day off to Alex Rodriguez Thursday against Detroit, according to the USA Today. The embattled slugger is hitting .265 (13 for 49) with tree doubles, four homers and 11 RBI in 15 games. He has just two hits over his last 17 at-bats.

Rodriguez is two home runs away from tying Giants legend Willie Mays on the all-time home run list. The Yankees will begin a six-game homestand on Friday, with three games against the Mets and three against the Rays. Girardi said he plans to start Rodriguez during all six games on the homestand, per MLB.com.


Yankees' Carlos Beltran, Didi Gregorious not in lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran and shortstop Didi Gregorius are not in the lineup for Tuesday's matchup with lefty starter Kyle Lobstein and the Tigers.

Beltran missed two games due to illness before returning to the lineup Monday. He had been batting third but was slotted fifth in his return Monday. Designated hitter Alex Rodriguez will make his fourth straight start in the No. 3 spot in the lineup Tuesday.

Gregorius has started 11 of the team's 13 games this year at shortstop. Backup infielder Gregorio Petit will play shortstop and bat ninth.

The Yankees are underdogs (+105) in Detroit Tuesday.


Mark Teixeira connects for fourth HR, ties A-Rod for Yankees' lead


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) First baseman Mark Teixeira provided the only offense for the Yankees in their loss on Monday, a solo home run in the second inning.

Teixeira now has four homers on the season which ties him with Alex Rodriguez for the team lead.

Yankees leaving Alex Rodriguez third in order for now


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said over the weekend that Carlos Beltran would return to the third spot in the order, once he recovered from his illness. 

On Monday, Beltran returned to the lineup, but Alex Rodriguez remained third in the order, with Beltran hitting fifth.

Alex has been playing great," Girardi said, per ESPN. "He's been getting on base. He's doing everything that you want so I just flipped-flopped them for now. Alex is swinging great


Yankees DH Rodriguez: 'Anyone can do it for 10 games'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) The surprisingly sizzling start of Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez has many excited, but he's not one of them.

"Anyone can do it for 10 games," he told ESPN. "Let's see you do it for six months. Let's just see what happens."

Rodriguez, who has three home runs among his five hits in the last two games combined, boasts a sensational slash line on the year of .344/.432/.781.


A-Rod hitting in No. 3 hole for Yankees after four-RBI game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi rewarded Alex Rodriguez's big night at the plate on Friday by moving him up to the No. 3 spot in the batting order for Saturday's contest against Tampa Bay, reports Newsday.

Rodriguez enjoyed his first two-homer game since May 23, 2012., and delivered the go-ahead RBI single in a 5-4 win over the Rays. Rodriguez is hitting .344 (11 for 32) with four home runs and 11 RBI this season. The rest of the Yankees are hitting a combined .209 (67 for 320).

He is two home runs from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list.


A-Rod hits two homers, adds go-ahead RBI in Yankees' victory


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Alex Rodriguez carried the Yankees Friday in Tampa, hitting two home runs and delivering the go-ahead RBI single in the team's win.

Rodriguez's first homer traveled 471 feet, the furthest homer hit this season.

He drove in four runs overall.

"Without Alex we're going to lose that ball game," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Just a great night for Alex."

The two-homer game was Rodriguez's first since May 23, 2012.

When asked if he was surprised by his strong start, Rodrigues said yes.

"I am," Rodriguez said when asked if he is surprised by his start. '"Hopefully it keeps going."




Yankees' Alex Rodriguez slugs home run in Wednesday's loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 7-5 loss to the Orioles Wednesday.

It's just the second multihit game of the season for Rodriguez, who smacked his home run off Baltimore starter Bud Norris in the fourth inning.

"That one felt amazing off the bat," Rodriguez said after the game, per MLB.com. "We've shown flashes of good things in all four facets of our game. The key for us is to collectively get them all working in the same direction, get them in sync. Once we do that we can get on a roll."

He's 8 for 28 with two home runs and seven RBI in nine games while seeing time at first base, third base and designated hitter. He's four home runs from tying Willie Mays on the all-time list.


Yankees slot Alex Rodriguez at DH Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) The Yankees will lineup Alex Rodriguez at designated hitter Wednesday against the Orioles after getting the day of Tuesday, reports NJ.com.

Rodriguez, who is batting sixth in the game, is hitting .313 with a home run and six RBI when slotted as the designated hitter this season. The Yankees are currently the underdogs (+115) against Baltimore.


Yankees' Jeff Pentland on A-Rod: 'He believes he can hit'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez has gotten off to a fairly decent start in 2015 after sitting out in 2014 due to a season-long suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. Rodriguez is batting just .240, but he has a .345 on-base percentage, .440 slugging percentage, three extra-base hits and six RBI in eight games.

"He believes he can hit," hitting coach Jeff Pentland said of what has impressed him about Rodriguez, per NJ.com. "More than anything else, he had something to prove in spring training, and he had something to prove to his teammates. More than anything else, to his teammates.

"He cares very much what other players around him think. I think he's passed the test. He's very thorough. He's very knowledgeable. Everything that comes out of his mouth about hitting is pretty much right on."

One weakness in Rodriguez's offensive game is his 11 strikeouts.

"But it's not on fastballs," Pentland said. "When you mature, I think there's always a concern of whether you can catch up to the fastball. That has not been an issue and I have told him that. I told him, I said, 'Look, these pitchers are giving you a heck of a lot of respect. I see them pitching around you a lot of the time. You need to keep your plate discipline and understand that there are certain at-bats, they're not going to want anything to do with you.'"