A-Rod homers in second inning

August, 11, 2013
8/11/13
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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez has gone deep for the first time in 2013.

In his first at-bat Sunday, leading off the bottom of the second inning, Rodriguez hit a towering fly ball into the left-field seats. It was a 1-0 pitch from the Tigers' Justin Verlander, a 92-mph fastball. The homer tied the game at 1.

Rodriguez pointed both index fingers to the sky after he crossed home plate. It was career home run 648, and career RBI 1,951, pushing him past Stan Musial into fifth place on the all-time list.

A-Rod heard a mixture of cheers and boos when he was introduced prior to the game, and when he came to the plate. But it sounded like nothing but cheers when the ball left the park and he rounded the bases.

It was a different story in the top of the third, when A-Rod misplayed a slow grounder to third base off the bat of Victor Martinez. Loud boos rained down on Rodriguez, who was charged with his first error of the season.

This is his fifth game of the year, and second at Yankee Stadium.
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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