A-Rod cheered after first homer; passes Musial on RBI list
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez connected for his first home run of the season on Sunday, slugging a solo second-inning blast to left field off the Tigers’ Justin Verlander.
For Rodriguez, it was his 648th career home run and also accounted for his 1,951st career RBI. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that moves Rodriguez past Stan Musial for sole possession of fifth place on baseball’s all-time list.
The 38-year-old third baseman is playing in his fifth game of the season, having appealed a 211-game suspension from Major League Baseball or for violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and the Basic Agreement.
Rodriguez has been receiving mixed reactions from the Yankee Stadium crowd after his name is announced. He heard loud cheers while rounding the bases after the home run.
Rodriguez entered play on Sunday with three hits in his first 15 at-bats. Rodriguez missed most of this season while rehabbing from left hip surgery performed during the offseason.