NEW YORK (AP) -Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 16-8 on Saturday.
After more than a week of watching his teammates hit a lot of home runs, it was A-Rod's turn. He connected on the first pitch he saw, sending a shot down the left-field line. After pausing at the plate to see if it was fair, he trotted around the bases with a wide grin on his face as the sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium cheered wildly.
Rodriguez homered eight days after his 32nd birthday and surpassed Jimmie Foxx (32 years, 338 days) as the youngest player to reach 500. A-Rod is the 22nd player to reach the mark, the second this season behind Frank Thomas.
Rodriguez hugged Jeter and Bobby Abreu, who both scored on the landmark home run, and blew a kiss toward the stands after completing his trip around the bases. His teammates were already on the field and he embraced several of them on his way back to the bench.
Robinson Cano tied a career high with four hits and Bobby Abreu scored four runs for New York, which has won five of its last six to improve to a season-best 10 games over .500. Mike Myers (3-0) got the last out of the fifth to earn the win.
Davies lasted just three innings in his first start for Kansas City, which acquired him from the Braves on Tuesday for reliever Octavio Dotel. He gave up five runs and six hits in his first career appearance against the Yankees. John Bale (0-1) got the loss.
Blue Jays 9, Rangers 5
TORONTO (AP) - Frank Thomas hit two home runs to pass Eddie Murray for 20th place on the all-time home run list, and Shaun Marcum won his third straight start for the Blue Jays.
Thomas hit a three-run homer in the first and added a solo homer in the third, giving him 505 in his career. It was his second multihomer game of the season and the 31st of his career.
The Blue Jays extended their home winning streak to seven games, and have outscored opponents 50-14 over that span.
Texas has lost six of eight following a season-high four-game winning streak.
Marcum (8-4) allowed three runs - two earned - on eight hits over six innings. He walked none and struck out five.
Willie Eyre (3-4) gave up six runs and seven hits over 2 1-3 innings, walking two and striking out two.
Athletics 2, Angels 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pinch hitter Travis Buck hit a two-out, tie-breaking single in the seventh for Oakland.
Joe Blanton (9-8) ended a personal four-game losing streak, allowing eight hits in seven innings. He gave up one run, did not strike out a batter and walked two.
Huston Street pitched the eighth and Alan Embree pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Kelvim Escobar (11-6) lost his third straight start despite allowing one earned run and two hits over seven innings. He matched his career high with seven walks and struck out two.
With the score tied at 1 in the seventh, Escobar walked Mark Ellis and Marco Scutaro around Mark Kotsay's fly out. Donnie Murphy lined out to Chone Figgins at third base before Buck came on and lunged for a pitch, hitting it to right where it fell just in front of Reggie Willits.
Twins 3, Indians 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Joe Nathan finished off five scoreless innings by the Minnesota bullpen and Michael Cuddyer drove in two runs.
Cuddyer also made a leaping catch in right field to help Minnesota beat Cleveland for only the third time in 10 matchups this season. The Twins moved within 5 1/2 games of the Indians, who began the day in first place in the AL Central.
Minnesota starter Matt Garza labored through four innings, but Ramon Ortiz (4-4), Dennys Reyes and Matt Guerrier picked him up. Nathan notched his 25th save in 27 tries by pitching a perfect ninth.
Cleveland starter Aaron Laffey (0-1) made his major league debut, but he didn't quite get enough hitting help. Laffey allowed six hits, three runs, and one walk while striking out three.
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