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Yankees 7, Tigers 2: Alex Rodriguez joins the 3,000-hit club with a home run

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A-Rod homered off Verlander for his 3,000th hit!

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Over the past few years, Alex Rodriguez has been the most controversial player in baseball. When he returned this season after missing a whole year while serving his Biogenesis suspension, A-Rod said he was focused on the game and that has proven true so far. Just a few weeks after passing Willie Mays on the career home run list, A-Rod came into tonight's game just one hit away from 3,000, and he wasted no time in reaching that milestone. Several other Yankees decided to get in on the home run action as well, and that, coupled with a superb outing by Adam Warren, gave the Yankees their third straight win.

The Yankees got on the board first tonight, when A-Rod jumped on the first pitch thrown by Justin Verlander and lifted it into right field for his 13th home run of the season, and his 3,000th career hit. Of the 29 players in that exclusive club, only two others reached that milestone on a home run, Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter. Rodriguez received hugs from his teammates on the field and in the dugout, then stepped out for a curtain call. Other than the Tigers' catcher Bryan Holaday who patted Rodriguez on the shoulder as he crossed home plate, the Tigers didn't react to the home run.

Detroit took the lead in the second inning after Adam Warren gave up a single, double, and hit a batter, before the RBI by Holaday. Those would be the only runs that the Tigers scored tonight. Warren really settled in after that, and went on to pitch the longest (and best) outing of his career. He ended the night with seven strikeouts through eight innings without walking a single batter. He's certainly made a strong argument against the idea of moving him to the bullpen when Ivan Nova is ready to return from the disabled list.

The Yankees' offense had no trouble hitting off of Verlander, who made his second start of the season tonight. Didi Gregorius got in on the home run action in the second inning, with a solo shot to right. Not to be outdone, Brett Gardner added on two more runs in the fifth with a homer of his own and ended up having quite a night. Gardner also showed off his speed in the seventh inning. After back-to-back singles by Gardner and Headley, and with A-Rod at the plate, Verlander threw a wild pitch that rolled down the first base line. A-Rod initially told Gardner to stay put at third, but when he saw that he was coming, he jumped out of the way and Gardner slid in safely head-first. Tex followed with an RBI to give the Yankees a 6-2 lead. The final run came in the eighth inning, when Gardner drove in Chris Young.

It was an exciting win, but the team still had some issues. Chase Headley made his 15th error of the season (a career high) in the sixth when he failed to come up with a throw from Beltran. Ian Kinsler was rounding third at the time, and decided to run home, but Headley's throw just beat him. As far as injuries go, Mason Williams jammed his shoulder diving back to first base in the fifth and had to be removed from the game. They're saying it's a right shoulder jam, so we might see another outfielder called up.

Tomorrow will be another eventful day. Not only is it Old Timers' Day, but the Yankees are also dedicating a plaque to Willie Randolph in the afternoon. The game will follow at 7:15 EST and feature Nathan Eovaldi versus Alfredo Simon.

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