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Video: A-Rod hits 689th career homer to break 0-for-19 skid

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Yankees DH Alex Rodiguez entered Sunday’s game against the Mariners hitting a paltry .100 over his first 35 plate appearances, and hadn’t recorded a hit since homering off of Mike Pelfrey on April 9. The slide forced manager Joe Girardi to drop Rodriguez to sixth in the lineup, but the veteran responded in a big way.

With a runner on first base and no outs in the second inning, Rodriguez swung at a first-pitch fastball from Hisashi Iwakuma and deposited it deep into the stands in left field, giving the Yankees a 2-1 lead. It’s the 689th home run of his career, inching him closer to Babe Ruth (714) for third place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard.

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Rodriguez finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. The Yankees are off Monday, then continue their homestand with a three-game series against the Athletics starting on Tuesday.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.