NEW YORK – Alex Rodriguez is one big swing from matching Willie Mays. Whether the New York Yankees would celebrate that achievement — or pay for it, for that matter — remains to be seen.
Rodriguez hit his 659th home run to move within one of Mays for fourth place on baseball’s career list, and the Yankees took advantage of several mistakes by the suddenly sloppy New York Mets in a 6-4 victory Sunday night.
“Willie was my father’s favorite player. I remember hearing about Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle all the time. He’s one of my heroes,” Rodriguez said.
The Yankees and Rodriguez have a $30 million marketing agreement that calls for him to receive $6 million each for up to five accomplishments, payable within 15 days of designation by the Yankees.
The accomplishments were contemplated to be home runs 660, 714, 755, 762 and 763.
But with A-Rod’s career tarnished by performance-enhancing drugs, the Yankees are thinking about letting the milestones pass without making a designation, which could lead to another legal fight between the sides.
During his surprisingly powerful start to this season, the Yankees have virtually ignored Rodriguez’s pursuit of Mays.
Asked if he knows what the team might do to mark No. 660, the longtime slugger said: “I don’t have a marketing degree, so I’m just focusing on playing baseball.”
Astros 7, Athletics 6
In Oakland, Evan Gattis hit a two-run double in the ninth inning as American League West-leading Houston completed its first sweep of the Athletics.
Tigers 8, Indians 6
In Detroit, Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs as the Tigers beat Cleveland.
Rangers 5, Angels 4 (11)
In Anaheim, Leonys Martin led off the 11th inning with a homer and Texas scored another run on Erick Aybar’s error before holding on for a victory over the Angels to end a three-game skid.
Orioles 18, Red Sox 7
In Baltimore, Delmon Young drove in five runs and Chris Davis homered as the Orioles received a bounce-back pitching performance from Bud Norris in a victory over Boston.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 1
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Chris Archer pitched two-hit ball in seven scoreless innings and Brandon Guyer drove in four runs for the Rays.
White Sox 3, Royals 2 (1st)
White Sox 5, Royals 3 (2nd)
In Chicago, Conor Gillaspie hit a two-run single in the home team’s five-run sixth inning, as the White Sox rallied to beat Kansas City for their second win against the Royals.
The day began with Avisail Garcia’s two-out RBI single sending Chicago to a victory in the resumption of a game suspended by rain on Friday night.
Twins 4, Mariners 2 (11)
In Seattle, Joe Mauer hit a two-run triple with two outs in the 11th inning for Minnesota.
Pirates 8, Diamondbacks 0
In Phoenix, Francisco Liriano pitched effectively into the seventh inning in a combined three-hitter.
Marlins 6, Nationals 2
In Miami, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a bases-loaded triple after a botched rundown kept the inning alive and the Marlins completed their first three-game sweep of the Nationals since May 2012.
Ichiro Suzuki was 2-for-4 with an RBI for Miami.
Phillies 5, Braves 4
In Philadelphia, Ryan Howard hit his second homer in two games, helping the Phillies beat Atlanta.
Brewers 6, Cardinals 3
In Milwaukee, Adam Lind hit a two-run homer as the Brewers beat the Cardinals.
Cubs 5, Reds 2
In Cincinnati, rookie Addison Russell doubled with the bases loaded — one of his best moments during his first week in the majors — as Chicago held on for a victory and a sweep of a rain-shortened series against the Reds.
Padres 3, Dodgers 1
In San Diego, Brandon Morrow pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win with San Diego, and Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris homered as the Padres beat the Dodgers.
Giants at Rockies — ppd.