Number of the beast: Alex Rodriguez hits 666th career home run

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Throw your devil horns up, baseball fans. Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez slugged his 666th career home run on Saturday night against the Orioles. He tied the game up at four apiece in the sixth inning, taking starter Bud Norris yard.

Rodriguez also crossed the 2,000 RBI threshold for his career. He’s five hits shy of 3,000 as well. On the season, the 39-year-old Rodriguez is batting .276/.378/.517 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI in 241 plate appearances.

We’ll add video of the home run once it becomes available.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.