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A-Rod leaves fans cold, Jersey happy

Slugger falls short of 600 again -- thanks, in part, to Rutherford's Frank Herrmann

Updated: July 29, 2010, 2:14 AM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

CLEVELAND -- Right now, Alex Rodriguez is grounded, like a wayward teenager under house arrest.

He hasn't been able to leave the yard all week, and heaven knows he has tried. Pretty soon, it will start to be said that he is trying too hard.

Wednesday night was the sixth game since Rodriguez hit his 599th home run, a level which, to hear him tell it, he reached totally by accident, because, he insists, he doesn't try to hit home runs and in fact doesn't even consider himself a home ...

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