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A-Rod homers three times in win over Kansas City

Aug 15, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez slugged three home runs and collected a total of five RBI in Saturday's 8-3 defeat of the Royals. It took him a grueling 47 at-bats to climb from career home run No. 599 to 600...

Hey, this guy’s pretty good.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez slugged three home runs and collected a total of five RBI in Saturday’s 8-3 defeat of the Royals.  He delivered a solo shot in the sixth inning, a two-run shot in the seventh and another two-runner in the top of the ninth.

It took Rodriguez a grueling 47 at-bats to climb from career home run No. 599 to 600, but he now has five dingers in his last nine games and an .896 OPS over 47 August at-bats.

Not that the Yankees need the extra help, but A-Rod seems to be getting hot at the right time.  He was exceptional in last year’s postseason, helping the Yanks to their 27th World Series title, and there’s a good chance he will play a major role this October.

The Yankees currently hold a two-game lead over the Rays for first place in the American League East with 46 games to play.  They will wrap up a three-game set in Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.

  1. Pisano - Aug 15, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    If Arod and Tex get hot , They will be hell for opposing pitchers .

  2. YankeesfanLen - Aug 15, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Universe is showing at least some life on offense to help the so-far anemic August.Supposedly Kevin Long the batting coach gave suggestions on using ARods hips more, this may have been a compensation for the surgery that will have long term results.
    It was ARod’s 1000th game as a Yankee yesterday, if the power surge continues today, it will be 3 of 4 from KC, then home to make up a little gap over the Rays and having a good week vs Tigers and Mariners.

  3. SDelMonte - Aug 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    And then they get shut down today. Such are always the vagaries of baseball.
    But it needs to be asked: is this just the Yankees doing what they’ve done so many times, slacking off in the regular season but still really the powerhouse we think they are; or are they really a team in need of a jumpstart before playoff time?

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