|2015 Regular Season|
Cashman spoke Saturday before the Yankees played at Boston. On Friday night, Rodriguez hit No. 660, tying Willie Mays for fourth on the career list. No payment likely would trigger a grievance on Rodriguez's behalf by the players' union. Without a settlement, the case would be heard by an arbitrator.
Manager Joe Girardi decided to rest Rodriguez on Friday night with an afternoon game scheduled for Saturday. He says Rodriguez will be available to come into the game Friday against Boston if needed.
Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he was giving the slugger a day off after A-Rod played third base the night before. The Yankees play a day game Wednesday.
The three-time MVP connected off New York Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese in the first inning of the Subway Series finale Sunday night at Yankee Stadium. Rodriguez drove a 2-2 curve to right-center, with the ball bouncing off the top of the fence for a solo shot.
Rodriguez hit his 657th and 658th homers for the New York Yankees against Tampa Bay. Rodriguez posted his 61st multihomer game and first since May 23, 2012. He missed all of last season because of a drug suspension.
He hasn't yet settled into a specific spot in the lineup, but it might not take much for him to find consistent work in the top five in the order given how the team is hitting as a whole.
The move was designed to provide New York third baseman Chase Headley a break. Manager Joe Girardi said of Headley: ''He hasn't had a day and he could use it.''
Subbing for Mark Teixeira in the field, Rodriguez dropped an easy throw for an error in the second inning that led to an unearned run. He later pulled his foot off the bag while catching a toss and the Red Sox challenged the call, resulting in a replay reversal and three more unearned runs.
Rodriguez led off the sixth by launching a high fastball deep into the left-field seats for his 655th career homer. Rodriguez, moved up to second in the lineup against a lefty, tossed his bat aside and rounded the bases without any fanfare, though the drive invigorated a sparse crowd announced at 32,152. "I felt like I needed a Google map to run the bases, it's been so long," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez was the New York Yankees' designated hitter and batted seventh against Toronto on Monday, his first time that low in the order at the start of a regular-season game since May 7, 1996.