Rodriguez blasts past McGwire for 8th

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez hit his 584th home run and first this season, passing Mark McGwire for sole possession of eighth place on the career list.

Rodriguez homered off Doug Mathis in the fourth inning Saturday, a solo drive to right-center that gave the Yankees a 7-0 lead over Texas.

Rodriguez had gone homerless in his first 41 at-bats, his longest homerless streak at the start of a season since 1995, when he went without one in his first 48 at-bats for Seattle.

"They were all ragging on me that I hadn't checked in yet," he said.

He didn't dwell on passing Big Mac.

"It feels good to keep moving up the line," Rodriguez said. "I think there'll be a time and a place for reflection, and that will be many years after I'm done playing."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.