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New series, more 600 speculation versus Rays

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez reacts as he

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez reacts as he watches the replay of his head-first dive into second for a double off Cleveland Indians reliever Jess Todd in the sixth inning. (July 28, 2010) Credit: AP

 After last night's 11-4 win over the Indians the Yankees move on from Cleveland to Miami for a set versus current AL nemesis Tampa Bay.

And so does Alex Rodriguez.

As was stated yesterday on E Boland and The Bombers, A-Rod's pursuit of his 600th home run has become the longest in Major League history, reaching 30 at bats after going 1-4 last night.

The Mets have come, and gone. The Twins have come, and gone. The Indians have come and gone. Even A-Rod's 35th birthday came and went, without a homer.

So, should there be any more hope other than the time factor that A-Rod belts No. 600 versus the Rays?

The numbers are that A-Rod has hit 43 homers against the Rays in his career. And he had this to say last night heading into the series today which opens from St Petersburg at 7:10:

"“I think the thing to remember is that when I hit this, nothing’s going to change,” Rodriguez said. “We're in the middle of a pennant race, and we're just trying to play good baseball."

So, even with time, three different opponents, a slew of pitchers to carve up, different ballpark dimensions and much media hype, Rodriguez equates it simplisticly to reporters.

He refers to reaching the milestone as "this" and harps on the fact that he isn't focused on getting it out of the way early, saying "nothing's going to change"

Thus far, not much has. If No. 600 evades the bleachers in Tampa Bay, change might creep in. 

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