Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs in Saturday’s win against the Twins. His first put the Yankees on the board in a 5-1 deficit in the fourth inning against Tommy Milone. The next was a two-run shot off of Milone in the seventh, making it a 5-3 game. In the ninth, he clubbed number three to tie the game at 5-5 in the ninth off of closer Glen Perkins.
It’s the fifth three-homer game of Rodriguez’s career and his first since 2010, and his third as a member of the Yankees. Per ESPN Stats & Info, he joins Lou Gehrig (four) and Joe DiMaggio (three) as the only Yankees with at least three three-homer games. Also per ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the fifth-oldest to register a three-homer game at 39 years and 363 days.
Rodriguez, 39, is batting .277/.375/.539 with 23 home runs and 58 RBI this season. He’s on pace to register his first 30-homer season since 2010.
Watch Rodriguez’s game-tying home run in the ninth, his third of the game:
With just over a week left in the regular season, the Diamondbacks have elected to shut down infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte. Marte has been dealing with some lower back inflammation and stiffness over the last few days; on Friday, the team revealed that he was diagnosed with a stress reaction as well.
It doesn’t look as though the injury will compromise Marte’s 2020 campaign, but as Craig noted on Wednesday, his absence will likely have some effect on his NL MVP candidacy. The 25-year-old will wrap his first All-Star season with a .329/.389/.592 batting line, 32 home runs, a .981 OPS, and a staggering, career-best 7.1 fWAR through 628 plate appearances.
Marte told reporters Thursday that the back pain had been an issue “for the past two months,” though he didn’t comment on the severity of the injury. Despite his ability to play through the pain since July, the issue has clearly escalated in the last week or so. Although the loss of their most valuable contributor may have a negative impact on the D-backs’ chances of competing in the postseason, it’s undeniably a wise move to let Marte recuperate rather than pushing him to play for another week and running the risk of further injury.
Entering Friday’s series against the Padres — their last road series of the regular season — Arizona still has a sizable gap to close in order to earn one of two NL wild card spots. They’re five games out of postseason contention, with the Nationals, Brewers, Cubs, Mets, and Phillies ahead of them.