After deep valley, A-Rod reaches peak

From PED revelations to 600th homer, Rodriguez has come a long way

Updated: August 4, 2010, 9:18 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- When the 600th home run of his career landed in the netting over Monument Park, Alex Rodriguez felt a mixture of exhilaration and relief. He knew he had been pressing over the past 12 games and 46 at-bats, just trying to will No. 600 across so he could return to being the new-and-improved, quieter-off-the-field A-Rod.

The struggles had culminated with an 0-for-17 streak that coincided with the Yankees' three-game losing streak. Instead of it being the joy of 600, he had been ...

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