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Rodriguez taking a day off from home run chase

Aug 1, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is just one home run away from 600 for his career. Actually, he's been one home run away from 600 for 37 at-bats now. And he's unlikely to reach the milestone Sunday...

Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez is just one home run away from 600 for his career.  Actually, he’s been one home run away from 600 for 37 at-bats now.  And he’s unlikely to reach the milestone Sunday.

According to Erik Boland of Newsday, A-Rod is not in the Yankees’ lineup this afternoon against Rays right-hander James Shields despite a tight race at the top of the American League East standings. 

Perhaps manager Joe Girardi has noticed that his third baseman is pressing.  Rodriguez told the Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig on Saturday that it might take him a while to get that elusive home run, so he’s clearly been bothered by the pressure.

“There’s no question, the way I’m swinging it, it’s probably going to take awhile,” A-Rod said with a laugh. “Everybody get comfortable.”

Rodriguez is 8-for-37 since hitting home run No. 599 on July 22 and his batting average has dropped five points.  He has averaged a home run per every 14.5 at-bats for his career and has averaged a long-ball every 23.4 at-bats this season.  If this power drought lasts any longer, the coverage could get very annoying.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Aug 1, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Prettygood idea- give it a break. Since id didn’t happen on the road, do it at home vs Toronto tomorrow night.
    On the other hand, Shields is a pretty good target for the Yanks generally.

  2. John_Michael - Aug 1, 2010 at 3:09 PM

    I blame this on Joba too.

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