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A-Rod youngest to 400 homers as Yanks blast Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- It was just a matter of time before Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees snapped out of it -- at least for a day.

Fastest to 400 HR
Players Time
x-Alex Rodriguex 29 yrs/316 dys
x-Ken Griffey Jr. 30 yrs/141 dys
Jimmie Foxx 30 yrs/248 dys
Mickey Mantle 30 yrs/325 dys
Eddie Matthews 31 yrs, 185 dys
Frank Robinson 32 yrs/9 dys
x-active

A-Rod became the youngest member of the 400-homer club and a change in their routine got the Yankees back on the winning track with a 12-3 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.

"It was a very special day for me, especially if you do it in a win that we needed most desperately," Rodriguez said after the Yankees won for just the second time in 11 games.

Manager Joe Torre went to drastic measures to snap his slumping team out of its latest funk, canceling batting practice, juggling his lineup -- sitting Hideki Matsui for the first eight innings -- and even getting ejected for arguing.

It worked.

A team that had hit .195 overall and .140 with runners in scoring position while losing seven of their first eight games on a season-long 12-game road trip, collected 16 hits and scored its most runs in two weeks.

Mike Mussina (6-4) was the beneficiary of the offensive breakthrough led by Rodriguez, who homered twice, went 4-for-4 and drove in four runs -- his first RBI of the trip.

Rodriguez's two-run shot off left-hander Chris Capuano in the first inning was his 399th, and his solo shot off left-hander Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth made the 29-year-old third baseman the 40th player in major league history to reach 400 homers.

"That's pretty incredible," Torre said. "The shape he's in, the way he works, who knows where he's going."

The crowd of 37,586 gave A-Rod a polite standing ovation as he circled the bases.

"It's a special number," Rodriguez said. "I'm actually just excited to do it with this uniform on."

New York batting practice pitcher Roman Rodriguez caught the historic homer in the Yankees' bullpen and acted like he was going to flip it into the stands before holding onto it with a sly smile.

A-Rod posed for pictures with his bat and ball after the game.

Mussina gave up three runs and six hits in six innings, including Carlos Lee's 15th homer. He walked one and struck out eight.

"I think we were just hoping for a nice win," Mussina said. "It didn't have to be 12-3, but today we got some big hits. It's been a tough trip so far, but hopefully we can pull something out of this as we go to the last city of the four (St. Louis)."

Derek Jeter and rookie Robinson Cano also homered for the Yankees, who tagged Capuano (5-5) for seven runs, five earned, eight hits and three walks in four-plus innings, denying the Brewers a three-game sweep.

"You just know it's just a matter of time," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "You're hard-fetched to find a better lineup than that in all of baseball."

Among the backups inserted into the Yankees lineup was Ruben Sierra, who collected a season-high three hits in his first start in left field this season.

"Any GM or manager would love to have that lineup," Brewers infielder Bill Hall said. "Those guys can hit. It's still early in the season. They're not that far out yet. So, they've got nothing to worry about if they keep swinging the bats like that."

The only damper for Torre was he wasn't around to relish it in its entirety because he was ejected along with first baseman Tino Martinez for arguing with first base umpire Larry Vanover in the fifth inning.

"Yeah, Tino and I watched together," Torre said. "I blamed him for getting me thrown out."

Martinez, starting at first base because Jason Giambi was a late scratch with back spasms, hit a ground-rule double to give New York a 4-2 lead. Martinez was replaced by Russ Johnson after getting ejected an inning later.

Jeter's sixth homer, a solo shot, came off Julio Santana in the sixth. Cano's homer was a two-run shot off Wes Obermueller in the seventh, his fourth of the season and the first pinch-hit homer of his career.

Matsui, who had a pinch-hit single in the ninth, hadn't missed a start since Sept. 26, 2003, when he wasn't in the starting lineup for either game of a doubleheader against Baltimore. He appeared in both of those games and has played in all 384 games since joining the Yankees in 2003. Including his career in Japan, he has played in 1,634 consecutive games. That would be third on the all-time list behind Cal Ripken Jr. and Lou Gehrig.

"We won the game, and I had a great base hit, too," Matsui said. "I can't complain."

Notes

  • Torre said RHP Kevin Brown (sore left shoulder) would miss his turn Friday and RHP Chien-Ming Wang would take his spot in the rotation for one game.
  • Ken Griffey Jr. was 30 when he hit his 400th homer.
  • A-Rod has four multihomer games this year and 40 in his career.
 
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Alex Rodriguez hits his 400th career home run during the eighth inning.  (AP)
Alex Rodriguez hits his 400th career home run during the eighth inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 4
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 4
New York

M. Mussina
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 8
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4212201 .290
Bernie Williams, CF5110111 .241
Gary Sheffield, RF3200200 .303
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4344100 .324
Ruben Sierra, LF5131003 .239
Tino Martinez, 1B3012001 .239
    Russ Johnson, 1B2220000 .333
John Flaherty, C5000024 .186
Rey Sanchez, 2B4020112 .279
Mike Mussina, P3000022 .000
   a- Robinson Cano, PH1112000 .252
    Tanyon Sturtze, P0000000 .000
    Buddy Groom, P0000000 .000
   b- Hideki Matsui, PH1010000 .267
    Mariano Rivera, P0000000 .000
Totals401216117614 
a-homered for Mussina in the 7th
b-singled for Groom in the 9th
Batting
2B - Bernie Williams (10, Capuano), Ruben Sierra (6, Capuano), Tino Martinez (5, Capuano), Russ Johnson (2, Obermueller)
HR - Derek Jeter (6, Santana), Alex Rodriguez 2 (19, Capuano, De La Rosa), Robinson Cano (4, Obermueller)
RBI - Derek Jeter 2 (23), Alex Rodriguez 4 (53), Ruben Sierra (11), Tino Martinez 2 (32), Robinson Cano 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Derek Jeter (12), Alex Rodriguez 3 (22), Robinson Cano 2 (6)
CS - Rey Sanchez (1, 2nd base by Capuano/Moeller)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
Mike Mussina (W,6-4) 6633181 4.33
Tanyon Sturtze 1000000 2.32
Buddy Groom 1000000 6.00
Mariano Rivera 1000000 1.27
HBP - Magruder (by Buddy Groom)
WP - Mike Mussina (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Mussina 103-72, Tanyon Sturtze 6-5, Buddy Groom 16-9, Mariano Rivera 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Mussina 5-5, Tanyon Sturtze 2-1, Buddy Groom 1-2, Mariano Rivera 1-2
Batters Faced - Mike Mussina 25, Tanyon Sturtze 3, Buddy Groom 4, Mariano Rivera 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF4000021 .329
Junior Spivey, 2B4110010 .236
Geoff Jenkins, RF3000000 .248
   a- Chris Magruder, PH-RF0000000 .240
Carlos Lee, LF4232001 .291
Lyle Overbay, 1B3011101 .275
Bill Hall, SS4000023 .286
Wes Helms, 3B4000000 .291
Chad Moeller, C3010010 .162
   b- Julio Mosquera, PH1000000 .000
Chris Capuano, P2000021 .074
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
    Wes Obermueller, P0000000 .200
   c- Dave Krynzel, PH1000000 .000
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Tommy Phelps, P0000000 .000
Totals33363187 
a-hit by pitch for Jenkins in the 8th
b-grounded out for Moeller in the 9th
c-flied out for Obermueller in the 7th
Batting
2B - Carlos Lee 2 (19, Mussina, Mussina), Lyle Overbay (12, Mussina)
HR - Carlos Lee (15, Mussina)
RBI - Carlos Lee 2 (55), Lyle Overbay (29)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (17), Lyle Overbay (19)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brady Clark 1
DP - Spivey-Hall-Overbay, Phelps-Moeller-Overbay
E - Wes Helms (3, misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano (L,5-5) 4875331 3.40
Julio Santana 1.2211321 4.26
Wes Obermueller 1.1222001 4.28
Jorge De La Rosa 1.1422111 5.64
Tommy Phelps 0.2000000 2.65
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 89-50, Julio Santana 39-20, Wes Obermueller 14-9, Jorge De La Rosa 43-27, Tommy Phelps 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-3, Julio Santana 1-1, Wes Obermueller 4-0, Jorge De La Rosa 1-2, Tommy Phelps 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 22, Julio Santana 9, Wes Obermueller 6, Jorge De La Rosa 9, Tommy Phelps 1
Game Information
Attendance - 37586
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Randy Marsh, Third Base - Sam Holbrook