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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%: 98/87 | Average Draft Position: 212.29
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Alex Rodriguez hits 16th homer in Yankees defeat


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/5/2015) Alex Rodriguez provided the only bit of offense for the Yankees in an 8-1 loss to the Rays on Sunday, blasting his 16th home run of the season to put New York on the scoreboard. 

Rodriguez connected off Rays starter Erasmo Ramirez in the sixth inning, a shot to left-center that now gives him 670 career home runs. It was his first longball since June 23. 

Rodriguez now has 47 RBIs on the season. 


Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez held out of lineup Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez did not start for the first time in 10 games Friday against the Astros. It was the first time he wasn't in the lineup since back-to-back games at Miami on June 15-16.

Rodriguez has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games and nine straight games. He is batting .353 (18 for 51) with two doubles, four home runs, 16 RBI, nine runs, eight walks and 14 strikeouts in his last 14 games.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez drives in two runs in Wednesday's win


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 3 at the plate to help send the Yankees to a 10-2 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

Rodriguez drove in two runs in the seventh inning when he hit a single off Justin De Fratus, which scored Jose Pirela and Brett Gardner. He also walked once during the contest.

Prior to his two-hit game Wednesday, Rodriguez was hitting .367 with three home runs and 10 RBI in his last nine games.


Alex Rodriguez goes deep in Yankees' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 2 for 4 with two RBI in Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia. 

A-Rod hit a solo home run, his 15th of the year. He also hit a sacrifice fly, giving him 42 RBI. 

Rodriguez has now hit in seven straight games. He's 11 for 25 over that span. 


Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez slams 14th home run, records 5 RBI


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is having a fantastic week, which he continued on Saturday against the Tigers.

Rodriguez went 2 for 3 with a home run, a walk and five RBI. He hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to give his team a 7-0 lead in a game they would ultimately win 14-3.

In his last four games, Rodriguez is hitting .538 with seven hits, two home runs and eight RBI.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez gets 3,000th hit on solo home run


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Yankees third baseman and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez recorded his 3,000th hit of his career with a solo home run in Friday night's game with the Tigers. 

Rodriguez became the 29th player in MLB history to accomplish this feat. He hit the home run off of Justin Verlander in the first inning. Rodriguez now has 13 home runs this year and holds a slash line of .281/.386/.521. 


Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez one hit shy of 3,000


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez continued his march to 3,000 hits, tallying two singles to finish the night with 2,999 career hits and driving in a run as New York bested the Marlins on Thursday. 

Rodriguez had an opportunity to reach the milestone in the eighth inning, but reliever Sam Dyson threw four inside pitches to walk Rodriguez, drawing boos from the Yankee Stadium crowed. 

Rodriguez raised his average to .278 and he has driven in 34 RBIs.


Alex Rodriguez, Yankees stop clock on grievance


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) MLB and the players union have agreed to stop the clock on Alex Rodriguez's grievance with the Yankees. 

The Yankees refused to make a $6 million payment to A-Rod after he hit his 660th home run on May 1. According to the labor agreement, Rodriguez has 45 days to file a grievance with the team. 

The 45-day clock can be stopped, however, if both sides agree to do so. That agreement has occurred in the A-Rod case, MLB and the union confirmed on Tuesday. 


A-Rod will be bench option for two-game series at Miami


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi doesn't plan to start Alex Rodriguez during a two-game series at Miami, which starts Monday. Rodriguez is five hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

“Just like Washington, like I’ve said all along, whatever Joe wants,” Rodriguez said, referring to his two games off the bench last month against the Nationals, per the New York Daily News. “I never welcome days off. I love to play. But it worked pretty well for me in Washington; after those two days off, I swung the bat pretty well at home.”


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez records 2,000th career RBI on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez recorded another historic milestone in his career, as he surpassed the 2,000-RBI plateau in Saturday's game against the Orioles. 

Rodriguez belted a two-run home run in the sixth inning, giving him 2,001 career RBI. He became just the second man in the history of the game to officially record at least 2,000 RBI, and he is the fastest to ever do it. 

Hank Aaron is the all-time leader with 2,297 RBI. 

"It's just nice to be mentioned with some of the greats -- in this case, the great Hank Aaron," Rodriguez said, per MLB.com. "RBI is a funny thing; it's such a collaborative statistic and it reminds me of when I was in Seattle back when I was in my early 20s, some of the great teammates and friends I've had over the years. A very unique statistic."


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez gets four hits, RBI milestone


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez went 4 for 5 in Friday's win over the Angels. 

A-Rod doubled, his tenth of the year, and drove in his 28th run. 

That RBI gave Rodriguez 1,997 in his career, moving him into second place on the all-time list, past Barry Bonds. He's 300 behind all-time leader Henry Aaron. 

A-Rod also scored his 1,950th run, passing Stan Musial into eighth place on that list. 

"Just because of the names, the people that he’s passing,” manager Joe Girardi said. “These are all incredible players, and like I said, there’s a lot of years that he’s been extremely productive, and he’s being productive again.”


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez extends streak to 13


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hit a ninth-inning single in Friday's loss to Oakland, to extend his hitting streak to 13 straight games. 

Rodriguez was 1 for 4 on the day. 


Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez moves to third on all-time RBI list


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez wetn 2 for 4 at the plate in New York's 4-2 win over the Royals on Wednesday.

Rodriguez did his damage in the third inning when he belted a three-run home run off of Chris Young over the right field wall, his 11th of the season. With the shot, Rodriguez surpassed Lou Gehrig with 1,995 RBI in his career, moving to third on the all-time list. He is now just one away from tying Barry Bonds for second.

"I haven't played a lot of baseball in the last two years, but I feel like I'm in a good place. I'm happy. I'm having fun," said the 39-year-old Rodriguez to the Associated Press.

"I think for me in a weird way the time off was a blessing in disguise. I was able to get some rest, change my workout regimen a little bit. I just feel like I'm in a better place and more explosive than I've been."

Rodriguez is now hitting .276 with 26 RBI on the year.


Yankees will pay A-Rod for 660th HR, if they lose in arbitration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) If Major League Baseball arbitrator Fredric Horowitz decides that the Yankees must pay Alex Rodriguez for his historic 660th home run, then team owner Hal Steinbrenner won't dispute it, he told reporters on Wednesday, per NJ.com.

"I will say that, as with every other contract, if there's any contractual obligations on our end, we're going to meet them," Steinbrenner said to reporters. "It's no different than any other contract."

Rodriguez signed a signed a 10 year, $275 million contract with the Yankees in 2007 that contained marketing bonuses for reaching home run milestones. He's due to make $6 million each for reaching 660, 714, 755 and tying/breaking the all-time home run record at 762. 

The embattled slugger tied Hall-of-Famer Willie Mays for fourth all-time in home runs, triggering his bonus on May 1. However, the Yankees believe they're not obligated to pay him because his home run chase is no longer commercially marketable due to his his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal, which led to his season-long suspension in 2014.

He is hitting .246/.346/.554 with 10 homers, 22 RBI, 19 walks and 36 strikeouts in 38 games played this season. He is 50 homers away from matching another Yankee, Babe Ruth, on the all-time list for third.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez out of lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez is not in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nationals.

The Yankees are without the benefit of a DH on Tuesday, as they are on the road and facing the Nationals in a National League park. Rodriguez has a five-game hitting streak and will likely be on pinch-hit duty on Tuesday.

The Yankees are underdogs (+130) on the road, per VegasInsider.com.


Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez smacks 10th home run of the year


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Designated hitter Alex Rodriguez connected for a home run Saturday in the Yankees' victory over the Royals.

A-Rod's homer, his 10th of the season, came in the top of the ninth inning, serving as an insurance run in the Yankees' 5-1 win.

Alex Rodriguez homers for Yankees' only run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run for the only run New York's offense could muster in Thursday's loss to Tampa. 

Rodriguez went 2 for 4, lifting his average to .250. He hit his ninth homer of the year and drove in his 21st run. 


Yankees' Stephen Drew to backup 3B, A-Rod to DH only


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) The Yankees are preparing to use Stephen Drew as their primary backup third baseman instead of Alex Rodriguez, according to the New York Daily News

This could signal the end of Rodriguez playing the hot corner for the Yankees. Sure, he may get an appearance here or there. But it looks like the Yankees are content with keeping Rodriguez as their designated hitter. 

"We're just thinking of keeping him at DH mostly," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez is hitting .244/.348/.423 with seven home runs this season. 


Alex Rodriguez homers in Yankees win, shrugs off hamstring question


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez homered Monday in the first inning of the Yankees' win over the Rays.

A-Rod was spotted later during the game grabbing his left hamstring but did not seemed too concerned about it.

"I'm OK. I should be fine," Rodriguez said, per MLB.com. "I think it should be OK. My left hammy was a little tight the other day, so I have to keep an eye on that."

The home run was the 662nd of A-Rod's career and the RBI moved him to within three of tying Babe Ruth for fourth all-time.


Alex Rodriguez returns to Yankees lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez returned to the starting lineup on Sunday. 

Rodriguez sat out Saturday's game with leg tightness. He'll bat third and play DH on Sunday. 

The Yankees are -170 money line favorites at home against Baltimore. 


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez dealing with fatigue


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Yankees designated hitter and third baseman Alex Rodriguez was given the day off Saturday when he arrived to the park dealing with tightness in his legs, according to NJ.com.

Rodriguez told manager Joe Girardi his legs were still heavy, but Girardi thinks he'll be fine for Sunday's contest.

"I guess guys that are almost 40 (years old) shouldn't hit triples," Girardi said. "It's a long season and I think after today we have eight more days in a row and if I could run (Rodriguez) out there to DH everyday the rest of the time, and if I have to give (him) another day, I will. I knew it after last night's game and I waited to see how he felt today and he was still a little tight and I just said, 'I'm not taking a chance right now.'"


Yankees' Brian McCann, Alex Rodriguez out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Yankees catcher Brian McCann and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez are not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Orioles.

McCann has started the last four games at catcher, but manager Joe Girardi will use J.R. Murphy to catch pitcher Chase Whitley Saturday. Rodriguez had made seven straight starts at designated hitter before getting a break Saturday.

The Yankees are favorites (-125) against the Orioles Saturday.


Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hits 661st career home run


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Yankees third baseman/designated hitter Alex Rodriguez hit his 661st career home run Thursday night against the Orioles. 

In the third inning, Rodriguez took a 1-1 pitch deep to center field for a solo shot. With the Yankee Stadium crowd cheering loudly for him, Rodriguez stepped out for a curtain call. 

"It's been a long time since I've had a curtain call," Rodriguez said, via NJ.com. "I didn't know what to expect from the fans. I can tell you this (I wish I could) thank every fan personally for not only the way they've treated me all tonight, but for the way they've treated me all season.

The long ball was Rodriguez's seventh home run of the 2015 season. 

Rodriguez, who was suspended for the entire 2014 season for using performance-enhancing drugs, is now fourth all-time in homers behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). He passed Willie Mays, who hit 660 homers in his career, in the process. 

Rodriguez finished the game 2 for 3 and drew two walks. He now holds a slash line of .245/.351/.532. 


Yankees' Chase Headley on lower back soreness: 'I'll be fine'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters he subbed Alex Rodriguez in for Gregorio Petit at third base late in Tuesday's 6-3 victory over Toronto because Chase Headley is dealing with soreness in his lower back, per Newsday. Petit was drilled in the hand in the eighth inning, which prompted the change by Girardi in the bottom of the ninth.

Headley is expected to be back in the lineup Wednesday.

"I'll be fine," Headley said.

Headley is hitting .247 with 10 RBI in 97 at-bats this season.


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.