ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Alex Rodriguez's torrid start has reaffirmed his intentions for after this season: He wants to stay in pinstripes.
Rodriguez, whose 14 homers are tied for the most ever in April, said Tuesday that he has no plans to leave the New York Yankees after the season, when the third baseman can opt of his contract.
``I want to stay in New York, no matter what,'' Rodriguez said in the Yankees' third-base dugout before Tuesday night's game at Tampa Bay.
``I love New York. It's the greatest place for me to play.''
Rodriguez is entering the seventh season of his $252 million, 10-year contract, a deal he signed with the Texas Rangers. He can terminate the agreement after the season, forfeit the $72 million owed in the final three years and become a free agent.
``Abilitywise, we certainly want him here,'' Yankees manager Joe Torre said. ``Sitting in the middle of our lineup and making the statement he is right now, we certainly don't want him to go anywhere. That's without question. I'd like to believe he's going to be here.''
Rodriguez entered Tuesday night's game at Tampa Bay hitting .400 with a league-leading 34 RBIs in 18 games, and he's already matched the record for April homers set by Albert Pujols last year.
When asked if he could explain his start, Rodriguez said simply, ``No.''
``I know you guys are looking for some profound answers, but I don't have them,'' Rodriguez said. ``I'm having as much fun as I can. I'm trying to keep it simple. Just try to prolong it as long as possible and enjoy it.''

Top MLB Public Bets

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Bautista re-signs, Blue Jays 30/1 Jose Bautista is heading back to Toronto on a one-year deal. What are the current odds of the Blue Jays to win the World Series?
Thumbnail Jays, Bautista could be close to deal Could the Blue Jays be nearing a new deal with slugger Jose Bautista?
Thumbnail Red Sox favored to win AL Pennant The Boston Red Sox are favored to win the 2017 American League Pennant, while the defending champs have the next-best odds.
Thumbnail Updated 2017 NL Pennant Odds The Chicago Cubs remain favored to win the 2017 National League Pennant at 9/5, but which team is listed second?
Thumbnail Cubs remain World Series Favorites The Cubs remain favored to win the 2017 World Series while the Red Sox have the next-best odds according to oddsmakers.
Advertisement

MLB Team Pages