Saturday, August 14, 2010
Three-HR night moves Rodriguez up charts
With three home runs in Saturday night's win over the Kansas City Royals, Alex Rodriguez continues to climb the leaderboard in several categories.
• Alex Rodriguez has now hit at least 20 HR for 15 consecutive seasons. That ties him with Willie Mays and Barry Bonds for the third longest streak all-time. He trails only Hank Aaron (20 seasons, 1955-74) and Babe Ruth (16 seasons, 1919-1934).
• Rodriguez has feasted off Kansas City pitching throughout his career, and now has 44 homers all-time against the Royals. That total is one short of Jim Thome, whose 45 longballs are the most by any hitter against the Royals.
• A-Rod became the fifth player to record multiple 3+ HR regular-season games in a Yankee uniform. Previously, he hit 3 HR against the Angels on April 26, 2005. Lou Gehrig (4) and Joe DiMaggio (3) are the only two Yankees with more than two such games.
• Rodriguez joins Albert Pujols and Aramis Ramirez with four career 3-HR games. The only non-retired player with more is Carlos Delgado (5), who is currently toiling in the minor leagues for the Red Sox.
• If three home runs wasn't enough, Rodriguez also stole third base in the 2nd inning. It was the 63rd time in his career that he recorded a HR and SB in the same game. Only Barry Bonds (102 times) and Rickey Henderson (87) have done it more frequently since 1920.
• This might seem like it's been a down year for the Yankee third baseman, but he's warmed up with the weather. Since summer officially began on June 21, Rodriguez has led the majors with 53 RBI.