The New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays are in a battle for the American League East. The Yankees are currently one game up on the Jays, and that’s thanks in large part to Alex Rodriguez.
Last night, down 4-1 to the Minnesota Twins in the bottom of the seventh, the Yankees looked listless. And when A-Rod came to the plate with the bases loaded, fans in the Bronx hoped for something, anything, to get the team going. But they weren’t holding their breathes. After setting the league on fire, hitting 24 home runs through July as the Yanks’ DH, Rodriguez had been held homerless in his last 72 at bats.
But that all changed on a 1-0 pitch. Rodriguez pounced on it, driving it to center field for a grand slam. It put New York up 5-4, which led to the team earning a crucial win, 8-4.
“Huge hit for us. Absolutely huge,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game.
It was big for A-Rod, too. His 25th career grand slam got him out of his current slump — and padded his major league grand slam record. Second on the list: Lou Gherig, with 23. The only other active player on the the all-time list is Ryan Howard, with 13.
"I've been stinking up the joint here for about three weeks now," Rodriguez said. "That one felt good.”
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