1:05 PM ET, August 4, 2007
Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
• Summary: Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in MLB history to hit 500 career homers, as the Yankees blasted the Royals 16-8.
• Quotable: "I acted like a goofball running around the bases, but you only hit 500 once." -- Rodriguez
• Yankeeography: A-Rod joins Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle as the third player to hit No. 500 with the Bronx Bombers.
• Figure this: Rodriguez is the 22nd player to reach the 500 mark and the second this season behind Frank Thomas.
• Fab five: A-Rod is the fifth active player with 500 career homers, joining Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr. and Thomas. This marks just the second time in MLB history there are five active players with that many. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew and Ernie Banks did it in 1971.
-- ESPN.com news services
Yankees 16, Royals 8
There's time for more home runs off the bat of Alex Rodriguez, who's joined the 500 Home Run Club as its 22nd member. The story lines behind A-Rod's 500th:• He is the youngest player to hit 500 and only the second player to reach 500 at age 32 or younger. Jimmie Foxx is the other.
• He is the third player to hit his 500th with the Yankees, joining Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle.
• He joins Ernie Banks as 500-homer hitters who have hit more than half of their homers as a shortstop, though A-Rod is the first to reach 500 playing the majority of his games at short.
• He is well ahead of the pace set by Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds in terms of both homers and RBI at the time of their 32nd birthdays.
A-Rod's milestone homers:
1 -- June 12, 1995 vs. Royals (Tom Gordon)
100 -- Aug. 12, 1998 at Blue Jays (Nerio Rodriguez)
200 -- May 12, 2001 at White Sox (Jon Garland)
300 -- April 2, 2003 at Angels (Ramon Ortiz)
400 -- June 8, 2005 at Brewers (Jorge de la Rosa)
500 -- Aug. 4, 2007 vs. Royals (Kyle Davies)
-- Compiled by ESPN Research
Regular Season Series
|New York leads 9-1 (as of Sat 8/4)|
|Mon 7/23||NYY 9, @KC 2||Recap|
|Tue 7/24||NYY 9, @KC 4||Recap|
|Wed 7/25||NYY 7, @KC 1||Recap|
|Thu 7/26||@KC 7, NYY 0||Recap|
|Fri 8/3||@NYY 7, KC 1||Recap|
|» Sat 8/4||@NYY 16, KC 8||Box Score|
|Sun 8/5||@NYY 8, KC 5||Recap|
|Fri 9/7||NYY 3, @KC 2||Recap|
|Sat 9/8||NYY 11, @KC 5||Recap|
|Sun 9/9||NYY 6, @KC 3||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Royals | Yankees|
|1st||A Rodriguez homered to left, D Jeter and B Abreu scored.||0||3|
|1st||R Cano tripled to deep right center, H Matsui scored.||0||4|
|3rd||D DeJesus singled to center, J Gathright scored.||1||4|
|3rd||M Teahen doubled to left, D DeJesus scored.||2||4|
|3rd||W Betemit singled to right, A Rodriguez scored, H Matsui to third.||2||5|
|4th||H Matsui singled to right center, B Abreu scored, A Rodriguez to third.||2||6|
|5th||D DeJesus homered to right, J Gathright scored.||4||6|
|5th||B Butler doubled to deep center, M Teahen scored.||5||6|
|5th||R Gload doubled to deep right center, B Butler scored.||6||6|
|5th||M Cabrera grounded into fielder's choice to third, R Cano scored, W Betemit out at second.||6||7|
|6th||B Abreu homered to center.||6||8|
|6th||W Betemit singled to center, J Posada and R Cano scored.||6||10|
|6th||M Cabrera doubled to deep center, W Betemit scored.||6||11|
|7th||R Gload hit sacrifice fly to left, M Grudzielanek scored.||7||11|
|7th||B Abreu singled to left, D Jeter scored.||7||12|
|7th||H Matsui singled to right, B Abreu scored, A Rodriguez to third, H Matsui to second advancing on throw.||7||13|
|7th||R Cano singled to right, A Rodriguez and H Matsui scored, J Posada to second.||7||15|
|7th||A Phillips hit a ground rule double to deep left center, J Posada scored, R Cano to third.||7||16|
|9th||R Gload singled to left, M Teahen scored, B Butler to second.||8||16|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, Bronx, NY|
|Attendance||54,056 (107.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||89 degrees, sunny|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Jerry Meals, First Base - Adam Dowdy, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Larry Poncino|