Alex Rodriguez hits 661st career home run, passes Willie Mays for fourth on all-time list

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Alex Rodriguez now stands alone in fourth place on baseball’s all-time home run list.

Rodriguez launched a solo home run in the bottom of the third inning tonight against Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. It was his 661st career home run, passing Willie Mays on the all-time list. The feat was acknowledged on the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium and Rodriguez received a curtain call from the fans after returning to the dugout. Perhaps the Yankees could successfully market this accomplishment after all? Just a thought.

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Rodriguez nearly passed Mays in the bottom of the first inning, but he was robbed of a three-run homer by Delmon Young in right field. I promise you are reading that correctly.

Rodriguez is now looking up at Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762) on MLB’s all-time list.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.