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:
Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.
The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.
While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.
Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.
It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.