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Alex Rodriguez hits first home run since return

Alex Rodriguez gestures after hitting a solo home

Alex Rodriguez gestures after hitting a solo home run in the second inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers. (Aug. 11, 2013) (Credit: AP)

Alex Rodriguez still has some of his old bat speed.

The embattled Yankees third baseman homered on the second pitch he saw off Tigers starter Justin Verlander, slamming a 92 mph fastball to left field. The solo shot led off the bottom of the second inning and tied the score at 1-1.

It was the first home run Rodriguez hit since returning to the Yankees on Monday in Chicago following offseason hip surgery and a looming suspension for involvement with performance-enhancing drugs that Rodriguez is appealing.

The home run was the 648th of Rodriguez’s career, putting him 12 behind Willie Mays for fourth-place on the all-time list.

Rodriguez hit an RBI single in his second at-bat against Verlander, moving him past Stan Musial for sole possession of fifth place on the all-time RBI list with 1,952. The RBI he earned off his solo shot tied him with Musial briefly.

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Tags: Yankees , Detroit Tigers , Alex Rodriguez

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