Things you might not know about A-Rod’s big day
Everyone was pretty impressed yesterday afternoon by Alex Rodriguez’s seven RBI inning in the Yankees’ 10-2 win over the Rays, setting a new American League record. But here are a few factoids that might have slipped under the radar:
— Rodriguez’s grand slam off Andy Sonnanstine gave him 30 homers and 100 RBIs. This marks the 12th consecutive season (1998-2009) that Rodriguez has reached the 30-100 plateaus, tying Jimmie Foxx’s Major League record set from 1929-1940.
— This is also Rodriguez’s 13th season of 30-100, a new Major League record. Manny Ramirez, Babe Ruth and Foxx had 12, Barry Bonds had 11, and Rafael Palmeiro, Hank Aaron and Lou Gehrig had 10.
— The last Yankee to hit two homers in one inning was also A-Rod (9/5/07 vs. Seattle, 7th inning).