A-Rod hits homer No. 661, passes Willie Mays

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez takes a curtain call after hitting his 661st home run and surpassing Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list in the third inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, May 7, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez takes a curtain call after hitting his 661st home run and surpassing Willie Mays on the all-time home runs list in the third inning of a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Thursday, May 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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.

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.

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Good for AROD. If he can continue to help the team win, he will be cheered. Especially with Gardner and Ellsbury ahead of him, he’ll have lots of opportunities. Not only that, he has learned to be humble and appreciative. In spite of money, fame, or intelligence—–we are all flawed people. Character comes when we deal with our weaknesses and it seems Alex has gained character through his trials and tribulations.

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You go A-Rod, You paid for your mistakes now give ’em hell.

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Willie was clean, so no one has passed him. I don’t care if el-rod hits a thousand of um, no one passed Willie. The end

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I don’t like AROD one bit however Cashman must like him even less.Ha Ha.

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