The Stat Line of the Night – 7/22/10 – Alex Rodriguez
Yankees fans were treated to some fireworks last night as the lowly Royals came to town. Journeyman Bruce Chen took the bump for the hapless Royals, and the Bronx Bombers wiped off their drool long enough to batter him around. Chief among them was the surging Alex Rodriguez.
ARod went off on Chen and the Royals relievers, jacking his 16th home run of the year and adding two doubles to cap a 3-for-5 evening. It was home run number 599 of his storied career. He also scored once and drove in 4 runs as the Yanks roughed up the Royals 10-4. ARod boosted his slugging percentage up to .500 with his big game, and the Yanks became the first team in baseball to win their 60th game. They also maintained their 3 game lead over the Rays in the AL East.
ARod has been on a nice run of late. If he keeps this up — hitting like the “old” ARod — just give the Yanks the AL East now. Alex Rodriguez has The Stat Line of the Night for 7/22/10.