A-Rod passes Ken Griffey, Jr. on home run list

BOSTON – Alex Rodriguez hit the 631st home run of his Major League career on Friday, passing Ken Griffey, Jr. for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time list.

Rodriguez cleared the Green Monster with a long solo drive off the Red Sox’s Clay Buchholz in the fifth inning, giving the Yankees a 5-1 lead in Friday’s contest, which marked the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park’s opening.

The home run was Rodriguez’s second of the season. Next up on the all-time list for Rodriguez to chase is Willie Mays, who retired with 660 home runs, followed by Babe Ruth (714), Henry Aaron (755) and Barry Bonds (762).

They are especially valuable milestones for Rodriguez to track. As part of the contract Rodriguez signed with the Yankees after the 2007 season, he can earn incentives of $6 million for passing each of those players’ totals.

Rodriguez would get another bonus if he eventually becomes the all-time home run leader himself, for a total of $30 million in possible incentives.

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