[QODLink]
Sport

Rodriguez hits first home run this season

Slugger helps Yankees to victory over Detroit Tigers, in their first series win for more than a month.

Last Modified: 12 Aug 2013 14:50
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Rodriguez was given a mixed reception when he came to the plate [Reuters]

Troubled baseball star Alex Rodriguez has hit his first home run in almost a year for the New York Yankees.

The controversial slugger connected with Justin Verlander's pitch in the second inning of the clash with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

It was the 648th homer of the third baseman's career, pushing him past Stan Musial for fifth on the RBIs list with 1,951.

Rodriguez drove in another two runs as the Yankees won 5-4.

The three-time American League Most Valuable Player was given a mixed reception when he came to the plate, but when he sent a soaring fly that landed several rows back in left field and rounded the bases to a loud ovation.

Rodriguez is playing while he appeals the 211-game ban Major League Baseball handed out as a result of its investigation into the now-closed Florida anti-ageing clinic.

He missed most of the year while coming back from hip surgery

After Mariano Rivera blew a third straight save for the first time in his famed career, Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Yankees their first series win in more than a month.

Rivera (3-2) gave up another homer to a limping Miguel Cabrera and a drive to Victor Martinez in the top of the ninth, tying it at 4.

213

Source:
Al Jazeera and agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list