It hasn’t taken Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez much time to get back to form. In his first at-bat in his spring debut on Thursday, Rodriguez slugged a two-run home run off of Phillies pitcher Adam Morgan. The Yankees, however, fell behind in the middle innings and couldn’t catch up, losing 13-4. Rodriguez also struck out and walked before being taken out in the fifth inning.
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Rodriguez missed the entire 2014 season as punishment for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. But at the age of 39, he still put up outstanding numbers last season, finishing with a .250/.356/.486 triple-slash line, 33 home runs, 86 RBI, and 83 runs scored in 620 plate appearances.
Rodriguez, a veteran of 21 seasons, will enter the 2016 regular season with 687 career home runs, leaving him fourth on the all-time home run leaderboard. He trails Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and Barry Bonds (762). Rodriguez’s contract calls for a $6 million bonus should he reach 714 home runs as well as the less obtainable 755, 762, and 763 milestones.