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Video: Alex Rodriguez slugs his 20th home run of the season


Alex Rodriguez gave this Kevin Gausman pitch a long ride Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium …

That’s the 20th home run of 2015 for A-Rod, who hadn’t reached 20 homers since 2010, when he finished with 30. Rodriguez has been fantastic for the American League East-leading Yankees in his age-39 season.

Photo: Alex Rodriguez is just destroying team chemistry

Alex Rodriguez

I mean, with him gone for a whole year due to his own selfishness and then coming back and creating a media circus, how on Earth will he ever be able to relate to his teammates? How will they ever trust him? It’s going to be a nightmare of team chemistry. And that’s before you get to the fact that he’s probably not going to be able to play baseball anymore and the fans will boo him like crazy!

In other news, I cannot recall a Yankee season in the past 20 years that has had less controversy or drama about it than this one. They’re just a baseball team. For the first time in years, just a regular baseball team. That happens to be four games up in the AL East.

Settling the Score: Friday’s results

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 17: Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners during a MLB baseball game at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Behind seven strong innings from Masahiro Tanaka and some late heroics by Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees began the second half of the season with a 4-3 win over the Mariners last night at Yankee Stadium.

Tanaka allowed three runs in the victory, with Kyle Seager doing all of the damage. Seager hit a solo home run in the third inning before hitting a two-run shot in the fifth. However, Tanaka was able to keep the rest of the Mariners offense off the board. He struck out seven and walked two in the victory and now owns a 3.65 ERA and 74/15 K/BB ratio over 74 innings on the year.

The game was tied 3-3 before Alex Rodriguez connected for a go-ahead solo homer off Joe Beimel in the bottom of the seventh inning. You can watch it here. It was A-Rod’s 19th home run of the season and the 673rd of his career. Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller each threw a scoreless inning to finish off the win for New York.

The Yankees now sit at 49-40 on the year and hold a 4 1/2 game lead in the American League East.

Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:

Royals 4, White Sox 2; Royals 0, White Sox 2

Mariners 3, Yankees 4

Marlins 3, Phillies 6

Cubs 2, Braves 4

Rays 2, Blue Jays 6

Cubs 2, Braves 4

Indians 1, Reds 6

Pirates 1, Brewers 4

Orioles 3, Tigers 7

Mets 2, Cardinals 3

Tigers 2, Astros 3

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 5 (12 innings)

Red Sox 0, Angels 1

Rockies 2, Padres 4

Twins 5, Athletics 0

Dodgers/Nationals – suspended