After going 1-for-6 with a single and a walk over the first two games of the season, Alex Rodriguez was moved into the No. 2 spot for tonight’s game against the Blue Jays. It appeared to be a sign of faith from Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Rodriguez rewarded that faith by taking rookie left-hander Daniel Norris deep in the bottom of the sixth inning for his first home run of the season. Check it out below:
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Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season while serving a PED suspension, so this was his first home run since September 20, 2013. He’s now up to 655 home runs for his career, which puts him five away from tying Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. His contract calls for him to receive a $6 million milestone bonus for tying Mays, but the Yankees reportedly plan to try to get out of paying it. But that’s a controversy for another time. A-Rod is hitting home runs again and it looks like he’ll be a productive member of the Yankees lineup as long as he can remain healthy. That’s pretty fun.