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Alex Rodriguez

Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6' 3"
Weight:
225 lbs
Age:
39
Born:
Jul 27, 1975
New York, New York, United States
Drafted:
1993 - round 1, 1st overall by Sea
AVG HR RBI OBP OPS
2015 Regular Season
.229 6 14 .347 .841

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn't plan to pay a $6 million bonus to Rodriguez for his 660th home run.

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.

Rodriguez has matched Willie Mays for fourth on the career homer list by hitting No. 660, possibly setting up a legal showdown with the New York Yankees over a $6 million payment.

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.

Rodriguez is not in the New York Yankees' starting lineup against Tampa Bay, putting on hold his pursuit of tying Willie Mays at 660 home runs. Rodriguez is one homer away from matching Mays for fourth on the career home run list.

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.

Rodriguez has hit his 659th home run, putting him one behind Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list.

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 two home runs Friday, moving within two of tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list.

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.

Rodriguez was 2 for 3 with a home run in Wednesday's loss in Baltimore.

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.

Rodriguez is back at the hot corner for the New York Yankees. A-Rod was suspended for all last season for violations of baseball's drug program and collective bargaining agreement. Thus far this year, he was designated hitter in five games and played first base against Boston on Saturday. On Monday night against the Baltimore Orioles, however, Rodriguez was in the starting lineup at third base, where he has played most of his career.

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.''

Rodriguez was sloppy Saturday in his major league debut at first base.

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 hit his first home run Thursday since serving a yearlong drug suspension.

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 received a loud ovation and walked in the first plate appearance of his return to the major leagues following a season-long drug suspension.

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.

Data provided by STATS LLC.

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