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A-Rod is youngest to reach 450 HRs, Yanks fall to Blue Jays

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TORONTO -- Alex Rodriguez enjoyed reaching some milestones that reminded him how good he is after a week of criticism.

Rodriguez became the youngest player to reach 450 home runs, but committed his team-leading 18th error in the New York Yankees' 7-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

"It's cool that it came this week because in a week of so much criticism it's good to get a little reminder that you do some special things in this game," said Rodriguez, who has struggled in the field.

Rodriguez's three-run homer in the third inning off A.J. Burnett was also his 2,000th hit.

A-Rod, who turns 31 next Thursday, is the eighth player to get his 2,000th hit before his 31st birthday.

"Four hundred fifty is something I'm proud of and 2,000 at the same time, it's kind of unique," Rodriguez said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't do it with a win, but I'm still going to enjoy it."

A Yankees fan caught the ball and returned it to Rodriguez, who signed balls for the woman's family. He also posed for pictures.

Ken Griffey Jr. was the previous youngest to reach 450. He was 31 years, 261 days old when he did it Aug. 9, 2001.

But Rodriguez continues to struggle defensively. He made a costly error on Thursday, and he failed to catch Vernon Wells' popup in foul territory in the fourth Friday.

"I didn't see it at all. Tough sky," Rodriguez said.

Wells followed with a grounder to A-Rod, whose throw to first pulled Andy Phillips off the bag for an error. Frank Catalanotto, who had walked, took second and later scored on Troy Glaus' sacrifice fly to make it 6-3.

Fans jeered and one fan held up a sign that read E-Rod.

"You got to put it behind you," he said.

Manager Joe Torre said Rodriguez reached the milestone with flair.

"That was a laser beam. It's remarkable. He's still 30 years old and he has 2,000 hits and 450 homers. I'm sure he's very proud of that, but I'm also sure that he'd rather do something on an everyday basis. We know he's capable," Torre said. "We need for him to do it."

Glaus homered and had four RBI and Burnett earned his second win for the Blue Jays, who have won the first two games of their four-game series against the second-place Yankees.

"It's a playoff atmosphere with 40,000 people in the stands, that helps you lock in," Toronto's Lyle Overbay said. "We have these guys in front of us and we have to play well against them."

Glaus hit a two-run single in the first, a sacrifice fly in the fourth and a homer off Kris Wilson in the eighth.

Burnett (2-3) allowed three runs and six hits while striking out six and walking one in 7 1/3 innings. Burnett, signed to a five-year, $55 million contract in the offseason, missed two months because of a sore elbow.

Toronto manager John Gibbons said they've been waiting all season to have a 1-2 combination of Roy Halladay and Burnett.

"Doc always pitches good, that's a given. A.J., to get him back healthy, he's doing what we expected and hoped for," Gibbons said.

Scott Schoeneweis pitched 1 2/3 innings for his first save of the season and the third of his career.

Toronto jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first off loser Jaret Wright (6-6)

Reed Johnson led off with a double and scored on Catalanotto's RBI single. After Wright walked Wells, Glaus hit a two-run single and Lyle Overbay added an RBI double.

Rodriguez's homer cut it to 4-3 in the third, but Eric Hinske hit an RBI single in the bottom half.

Wright allowed five runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Notes

  • Rodriguez passed Jeff Bagwell for 32nd on the career home run list.
  • Rodriguez is one of three active players to reach 2,000 hits with a home run, joining Frank Thomas and Manny Ramirez.
 
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A.J. Burnett allows three runs and strikes out six in 7 1/3 innings for the victory.  (AP)
A.J. Burnett allows three runs and strikes out six in 7 1/3 innings for the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Toronto

T. Glaus
AB 2
R 3
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Toronto

A. Burnett
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 6
 

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New York Yankees
Johnny Damon, CF3110110 .294
Derek Jeter, SS4120000 .339
Jason Giambi, DH4000024 .253
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4113022 .284
Jorge Posada, C4010000 .286
Aaron Guiel, RF3000011 .224
   a- Bernie Williams, PH1000000 .278
Andy Phillips, 1B4000010 .246
Melky Cabrera, LF3010011 .273
Miguel Cairo, 2B3000001 .247
Totals33363189 
a-flied out for Guiel in the 9th
Batting
HR - Alex Rodriguez (21, Burnett)
RBI - Alex Rodriguez 3 (71)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 3 (22)
SB - Melky Cabrera (7, 2nd base off Burnett/Zaun)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Johnny Damon 1
DP - Damon-Phillips-Rodriguez, Jeter-Cairo-Phillips
E - Alex Rodriguez (18, Wild throw)
New York Yankees
Jaret Wright (L,6-6) 2.2755220 4.71
Shawn Chacon 2.2311310 6.55
Ron Villone 2000120 2.05
Kris Wilson 0.2111001 5.40
HBP - McDonald (by Jaret Wright)
WP - Shawn Chacon (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jaret Wright 62-36, Shawn Chacon 50-24, Ron Villone 30-19, Kris Wilson 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jaret Wright 2-4, Shawn Chacon 3-3, Kris Wilson 1-1
Batters Faced - Jaret Wright 18, Shawn Chacon 13, Ron Villone 7, Kris Wilson 3
Toronto Blue Jays
Reed Johnson, RF5120013 .353
Frank Catalanotto, LF4210111 .324
Vernon Wells, CF4110101 .318
Troy Glaus, 3B2324200 .247
Lyle Overbay, 1B5022003 .303
Gregg Zaun, C3020101 .300
Eric Hinske, DH3011013 .268
   a- Bengie Molina, PH-DH1000003 .280
Aaron Hill, 2B3000123 .299
John McDonald, SS3000001 .214
Totals3371176519 
a-flied out for Hinske in the 6th
Batting
2B - Reed Johnson 2 (19, Wright, Wright), Vernon Wells (24, Chacon), Lyle Overbay (24, Wright), Gregg Zaun (12, Wright)
HR - Troy Glaus (25, Wilson)
SF - Troy Glaus (4)
RBI - Troy Glaus 4 (68), Lyle Overbay 2 (56), Eric Hinske (20)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Glaus (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
PB - Gregg Zaun (3)
Toronto Blue Jays
A.J. Burnett (W,2-3) 7.1633161 4.17
Scott Schoeneweis (S,1) 1.2000020 5.97
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 121-78, Scott Schoeneweis 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 12-4, Scott Schoeneweis 1-2
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 29, Scott Schoeneweis 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40149
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Lance Barksdale, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Dan Iassogna