A-Rod ties Griffey for fifth place on home run list
NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez hit the 630th home run of his Major League career on Friday, tying Ken Griffey, Jr. for fifth place on baseball’s all-time list.
Rodriguez collected his first homer and RBI of the season in the third inning, belting a shot to center field off the Angels’ Ervin Santana. The blast landed in the netting covering Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
Moved to the No. 3 spot in New York’s lineup for Friday’s game, the 36-year-old Rodriguez will next pursue Willie Mays’ mark of 660 home runs, in fourth place on the all-time list. Rodriguez is also following Babe Ruth (714), Henry Aaron (755) and all-time leader Barry Bonds (762).
Of Rodriguez’s home runs, 285 have been hit in a Yankees uniform. He had 189 with the Mariners and 156 with the Rangers. Reggie Jackson and Darrell Evans are the only other players to have hit 100 or more home runs with three different teams.