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Rodriguez sets grand slam record

Alex Rodriguez hits 24th career grand slam breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig for most in MLB history.

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Rodriguez is continuing to play while he appeals a 211-game doping suspension [AFP]

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, playing only because he has appealed a 211-game Major League Baseball doping ban, now owns the sport's North American career grand slam record.

"A-Rod" smacked the 24th bases-loaded home run of his career to give the Yankees a 5-1 home victory over the San Francisco Giants on Friday, pushing him one ahead of the grand slam mark established in 1938 by Yankee legend Lou Gehrig.

Rodriguez, nursing a tight hamstring and a sore calf muscle, hit a two-ball, one-strike blast off Giants relief pitcher George Kontos over the right-centerfield wall with two outs in the seventh inning to produce his historic homer.

"I'm not thinking home run right there," Rodriguez said.

"I'm actually thinking of putting a good swing on the ball and not try to do too much."

The blow snapped a 1-for-25 batting slump for Rodriguez, who was more thankful for the victory than the record as the Yankees fight for a wildcard playoff spot in the final 10 days of the six-month season.

"It's hard to think about things like that right now," said Rodriguez of the record.

"We're really in a sprint to the end here and every win is huge for us.

"That's baseball. One swing can turn a lot of things around. Hopefully this ended the streak and we can get something rolling from here."

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The 38-year-old third baseman's record blast was the 654th homer of his career, six shy of Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time North American homer list and 108 shy of the career record set by Barry Bonds.

But Rodriguez, who had not belted a grand slam since June of last year, might be in the final days of his career.

Last month, he was issued a ban through the end of the 2014 season, 211 games in all, for taking performance-enhancing drugs, including testosterone and human growth hormone, as well as for trying to obstruct a Major League Baseball investigation into the Biogenesis scandal.

While a dozen other players accepted 50-game doping bans, Rodriguez chose to appeal his case to an arbitrator, who is not expected to hear the appeal until after the season, allowing "A-Rod" the chance to play until a verdict on his appeal is rendered.

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