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Alex Rodriguez Hits 600th Home Run*

Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez connects for his 600th career home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010 in New York. Kathy Willens/AP hide caption

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New York Yankees' third baseman Alex Rodriguez finally hit his 600th career home run Wednesday.

It came against the Toronto Blue Jays' Shaun Marcum and made the Yankee the youngest player in major league history to reach the milestone. He's 35.

He also set another record, with 46 at-bats between homer number 599 and 600, the most at-bats of any of the seven baseball luminaries to reach 600.

Of course, there's a big fat asterisk by this accomplishment since A-Rod has admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs earlier in his career when he was hitting some of those four baggers.

The Associated Press provides some of the color of the moment:

Rodriguez's 17th homer of the season sailed over the center-field wall and landed in Monument Park, allowing a stadium worker to fetch him the ball...

... After coming out for a curtain call, Rodriguez received congratulations from teammates in the Yankees dugout. Many had raised their arms in joy when he finally connected.

The milestone homer provided a lift during a trying stretch for the Yankees. Not only have they watched the Tampa Bay Rays pass them for first place in the AL East, off the field they are still mourning the recent loss of owner George Steinbrenner, beloved public-address announcer Bob Sheppard and former manager Ralph Houk.

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