A-Rod hits homer No. 661, passes Willie Mays
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez hit the 661st home run of his career on Thursday evening, surpassing Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list.
Rodriguez sent an 83-mph changeup from Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman over the center field fence in the third inning for a solo home run that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The home run was Rodriguez’s seventh of the season.
The Yankees acknowledged the achievement with a brief message on the center-field scoreboard, noting that it was Rodriguez’s 661st homer and that he now stands alone in fourth place. Mays (660) is now fifth on the all-time list.
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Rodriguez was summoned from the Yankees dugout for a curtain call, which he acknowledged with a two-handed salute. According to Statcast, Rodriguez’s homer had a ball exit speed of 108 mph and traveled 441 feet, with a launch angle of 23 degrees.
Tillman has had trouble with Rodriguez in the past. Rodriguez entered the night 5-for-10 with three homers against Tillman, and Rodriguez nearly cleared the right-field wall in the first inning with a ball that Delmon Young brought back with a leaping grab for a sacrifice fly.