Alex Rodriguez made history Friday night. And he did it in A-Rod fashion.
The Yankees' DH hit a first-pitch home run to rightfield off Tigers starter Justin Verlander for his 3,000th career hit.
Rodriguez became the 29th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 hits. He is the second to do it while wearing a Yankees uniform. Derek Jeter was the first, with all 3,465 of his career hits coming with the Yankees. Rodriguez recorded his first 966 hits with the Seattle Mariners in seven seasons, then 569 in three seasons with the Texas Rangers, giving him 1,535 when he came to the Yankees in 2004.
A-Rod is the third player to hit a home run for his 3,000th hit. Wade Boggs and Jeter are the other two. It's A-Rod's 667th career home run.
Rodriguez ties Roberto Clemente with his 3,000th hit. Next up on the list would be Al Kaline with 3,007.
This has been somewhat of a milestone season for A-Rod as he returned from a season-long suspension in 2014 for his involvement with Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs.
On May 7, Rodriguez passed Willie Mays for fourth on MLB's career home run list with 661. He entered Thursday's game with 666. On June 13, Rodriguez became the second player in MLB history to reach 2,000 career RBI, trailing only Hank Aaron at 2,297. MLB first started tracking runs batted in as a statistic in 1920.