ST. PETERSBURG — Alex Rodriguez's sixth inning Sunday further entrenched him in baseball's record books.
The Yankees third baseman set an AL record by driving in seven runs in the inning, on a three-run homer and a grand slam. He secured his 12th consecutive season of 30 homers and 100 RBIs, tying Jimmie Foxx's major-league record (1929-1940). Rodriguez's 13th season of 30/100 is a record.
Rodriguez, 34, went in with 28 homers and 93 RBIs after he missed five weeks due to hip surgery. But as the Yankees put together their 10-run rally, he joked with teammate Eric Hinske he might have a shot. When the Rays intentionally walked Mark Teixeira to load the bases in front of him, a surprised Rodriguez completed the feat.
"I couldn't believe what I was seeing; I didn't understand it," he said. "I was just joking around about them loading the bases, knowing I had one more at-bat. Sure enough, they loaded the bases and I said, 'Here's my shot.' "
Joe Smith, Times staff writer