Alex Rodriguez hits record-tying 23rd grand slam

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Alex Rodriguez hit his 23rd career grand slam in the Yankees’ comeback win over the Braves on Tuesday, tying Lou Gehrig for the most in history.

A-Rod’s homer off Jonny Venters in the eighth gave the Bombers their first four runs, tying the game. The Yankees went on to win 6-4.

The grand slam crown once figured to belong to Manny Ramirez, but he was unable to maintain his early career pace and currently stands at 21, pending his comeback with the A’s. He sits alone in third place on the slams list, with Eddie Murray fourth at 19 and Willie McCovey and Robin Ventura one behind at 18.

A-Rod now has 639 career homers, placing him fifth on the all-time list. Willie Mays is fourth at 660.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.