(BOSTON) — Alex Rodriguez passed former teammate Ken Griffey Jr. for fifth place on the all-time home-run leader list, when he hit his 631st homer in the fifth inning of the New York Yankees 6-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Rodriguez now trails Willie Mays by 29 home runs on the all-time list.
“Obviously, Griff is special to me, because we came up together,” Rodriguez said. “He was a teammate, he was a brother, he was a mentor all in one, so it’s a special day today.”
Rodriguez’s historic shot and the Yankees win spoiled the Red Sox 100th anniversary celebration of Fenway Park.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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