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:
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Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.