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Alex Rodriguez Hits 1st Home Run of 2013 Season Against Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers on Sunday

August 11th, 2013 at 2:14 PM
By Doug Rush

In the bottom of the second inning, Alex Rodriguez took his first at-bat of the game for the New York Yankees against the Detroit Tigers and ace pitcher Justin Verlander. He was greeted with a mixture of cheers and boos, but all of those boos were turned to loud cheers in a few short minutes.

'Alex Rodriguez' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Verlander threw him a 92-mile-an-hour fastball, which Rodriguez drilled into the left field seats for a solo home run, which at the time, tied the game at 1-1. The home run was Rodriguez's first of the 2013 season.

The home run was also career home run number 648 for Rodrigiez. He is now 12 home runs behind Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, who has 660 career home runs. 

If A-Rod gets to 660 home runs during the 2013 season, a $6 million bonus goes to him for hitting the milestone.

In the bottom of the third inning, Rodriguez also hit an RBI single off Verlander, which scored Robinson Cano, and made the score 3-1.

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Tags: Alex Rodriguez, Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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