Big night for Alex Rodriguez


Alex Rodriguez had the type of game that would make his 20-year-old self jealous. He went yard not once but twice on Friday in the New York Yankees' 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the sixth time Rodriguez hit two home runs in a game against the Rays, only David Ortiz has more all time.

Moving on up

He is up to 658 career home runs, two shy of tying Willie Mays for fourth all time on the home runs list and 42 away from becoming the fourth player in MLB history with 700 career home runs.

Rodriguez had his first multi-home run game since May 23, 2012, and registered his 61st career game with two home runs, seventh all time and one such game away from matching Hank Aaron for sixth. Babe Ruth holds the record with 72 games with multiple home runs.

Age is just a number

Friday marked the sixth time in the live ball era (since 1920) that a Yankees player over the age of 39 hit multiple home runs in a game. At 39 years, 264 days, Rodriguez is the fourth-oldest Yankees player with two home runs in a game in the live ball era. Only Enos Slaughter and Raúl Ibañez, who had two games, were older.

According to Elias, he becomes the eighth player age 39 or older in MLB history to hit at least four home runs in his team's first 10 games. He now has four home runs through his team's first 10 games for the third time in his career. He had four in 2011 and seven in 2007.

The long ball

Rodriguez's second-inning home run was calculated at 477 feet, the longest home run in the majors this season. Here's more perspective on the blast:

• His second-longest home run in the last 10 seasons.

• His 18th home run of at least 450 feet in the last 10 seasons. Only Matt Holliday, Adam Dunn, Giancarlo Stanton, Prince Fielder and Justin Upton have more.

• The second-longest home run by a Yankees player in the last 10 seasons.

• The longest home run at Tropicana Field in the last 10 seasons.

• Coming into Friday, of the 44,049 home runs hit over the last 10 seasons, only 30 were longer.

His second home run was considerably shorter as it was calculated at 389 feet.