<
>

A-Rod must wait for another day

For the second straight game, Alex Rodriguez failed to hit career home run No. 600, after hitting No. 599 in his final at-bat of Thursday night's game.

Rodriguez went 1-for-4 on Saturday, with just a single in the fourth inning. Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth, the Yankees had runners on first and second, with Mark Teixeira at the plate and Rodriguez on deck. But Teixeira grounded out to short, on a very close play at first base. (Teixeira said he was definitely safe.)

That left A-Rod, the Yankees and the fans to wonder what might have happened if he had gotten one more chance in the bottom of the ninth.

"I'll tell you, that last at-bat would have been not only fun for me, but I think fun for everybody," Rodriguez said after the game.

Sunday's game is A-Rod's last chance to hit No. 600 at home, before the Yankees go on a seven-game road trip to Cleveland and Tampa Bay.

HIP HIP, JORGE: Jorge Posada hit a solo homer in the fourth inning on Saturday. He has now driven in at least one run in eight consecutive games, which is a career-high.

LOOKING AHEAD: The Yanks and Royals will wrap up their four-game series on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Phil Hughes (11-3, 3.99 ERA) will pitch for the Yankees, trying to get back on the winning track. Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan (1-0, 2.08) will start for the Royals -- O'Sullivan just faced, and beat, the Yankees on Tuesday, as a member of the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels traded him to the Royals on Thursday. O'Sullivan pitched six innings against the Yankees on Tuesday, giving up two runs on two hits.