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SLAY-ROD A KILLER VS. ANGELS THREE HOMERS, 10 RBI FOR YANKS' RODRIGUEZ N.Y. YANKEES 12, ANGELS 4.



Byline: Gabe Lacques Staff Writer

NEW YORK New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 - Alex Rodriguez's dominance of Bartolo Colon reached historic proportions Tuesday night, when the game's highest-paid and perhaps most talented player etched his name into Yankee Stadium Coordinates:

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 lore at the expense of the Angels' ace.

Rodriguez hit a two-run home run, three-run homer and grand slam grand slam
n.
1. The winning of all the tricks during the play of one hand in bridge and other whist-derived card games.

2. Sports The winning of all the major or specified events, especially on a professional circuit.
 in three plate appearances against Colon and finished the night with a run-scoring single for a 10-RBI performance, the most by a Yankee at the venerable ballyard, as the Yankees coasted to a 12-4 victory.

By the time the fourth inning was over, Rodriguez had three homers, nine RBI RBI
abbr. Baseball
runs batted in

Noun 1. rbi - a run that is the result of the batter's performance; "he had more than 100 rbi last season"
run batted in
 and a shot at some real history.

Given two chances to become the 16th player in major-league history to hit four homers in a game, Rodriguez settled for the RBI single off Kevin Gregg Kevin Marschall Gregg (born in Corvallis, Oregon on June 20, 1978) is a Closing pitcher with the Florida Marlins. High school career
Gregg attended Corvallis High School in Corvallis, Oregon and starred in football, basketball and baseball.
 and a flyout to center in the eighth against Jake Woods Jacob Thomas Woods (born on September 3, 1981 in Fresno, California) is a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Seattle Mariners of the American League. .

His 10 RBI fell one short of the Yankees and American League American League (AL)

One of the two associations of professional baseball teams in the U.S. and Canada designated as major leagues; the other is the National League (NL).
 record of 11, established by Hall of Famer Tony Lazzeri
    Anthony Michael "Tony" Lazzeri (December 6, 1903 — August 6, 1946) was an American Major League Baseball player during the 1920s and 1930s, predominantly with the New York Yankees.
     in 1936, at Philadelphia against the A's.

    Not that Rodriguez was picky pick·y  
    adj. pick·i·er, pick·i·est Informal
    Excessively meticulous; fussy.


    picky
    Adjective

    [pickier, pickiest] Brit, Austral & NZ
    . Driving in the most runs by a Yankee in the House that Ruth Built was special enough for the third baseman.

    ``When I got to first base after that last hit, I was on top of a cloud,'' Rodriguez said. ``You definitely don't want a moment like that to end. You want it to last forever. This is a night I'll never forget.''

    Rodriguez's sepia-toned memories of his big night provided a juxtaposition to Colon, who took his lumps in good humor.

    Rodriguez simply owns him, and Colon is convinced there's not much he can do to change that.

    After Tuesday's Bronx beating, Rodriguez is hitting .425 (17 for 40) with six home runs against Colon, who entered Tuesday's game with a 3-1 record and a 2.60 ERA.

    Five walks and three massive home runs later, he still had no solutions.

    ``It seems when I leave something up in the strike zone, he hammers me,'' Colon said through an interpreter. ``It seems like every time I face him, he lays off good pitches. Maybe he's got it down to figuring out my mechanics. Maybe he can tell what's coming up.

    ``Obviously, he made it clear he wasn't going to miss.''

    Colon struggled to get loose on a 56-degree evening and, in 3 2/3 innings, walked five, two in the first inning.

    He had little wiggle room when he faced a 2-and-2 count on Rodriguez, who pounced on the fastball and drove it deep over the 399-foot mark in left-center field.

    Two innings later, trailing 3-2, Colon walked Gary Sheffield with one out before getting Hideki Matsui to fly to center. Up stepped Rodriguez, who took Colon's 1-0 fastball into the bullpen areas in left field. The score was 5-3, and Rodriguez had his 38th career multihomer game.

    In the fourth, the Angels gave Rodriguez some help. Second baseman Chone Figgins committed two errors, twice extending an inning Colon should have escaped unscathed.

    Colon ran a full count on Matsui before walking him, loading the bases for Rodriguez.

    The crowd of 36,328 roared in anticipation. Gregg was warm in the bullpen, but Scioscia remained in the dugout, hopeful Colon could finish that inning and maybe one more.

    ``In that situation,'' Colon said, ``I want to face Alex.''

    Rodriguez claimed a grand slam wasn't on his mind.

    ``If I thought about hitting a grand slam there,'' he said, ``it would've never happened.''

    Colon fell behind 3-1, then blew a 97 mph fastball by Rodriguez. His 101st and final pitch didn't work out so well.

    Rodriguez drove a rocket over the fence in straightaway straight·a·way  
    adj.
    1. Extending in a straight line or course without a curve or turn.

    2. Unhesitating; immediate: a straightaway denial.

    n.
     center, striking a facade in front of the black-tarped seats well beyond the 408-foot mark.

    Gregg relieved Colon, allowing ample time for Rodriguez to, at manager Joe Torre's urging, take a curtain call.

    ``The players became fans,'' Torre said. ``Your mouth drops open when you see something like that.''

    It was 10-4, and the legend was mushrooming. Several New York-area columnists, dispatched across town for the Pedro Martinez-John Smoltz showdown at Shea Showdown at Shea was the name given to three professional wrestling events presented by the World Wrestling Federation at Flushing, New York's Shea Stadium, from 1972 to 1980.  Stadium, scurried to the Bronx for Rodriguez's final at-bats.

    But aside from his 10th RBI, that would be all. And that was more than enough.

    ``When a guy gets into a rhythm hitting-wise, it's tough to stop him,'' Colon said.

    Gabe Lacques, (626) 962-8811

    gabe.lacques(at)sgvn.com

    CAPTION(S):

    2 photos, 5 boxes

    Photo:

    (1 -- color) no caption (Alex Rodriguez)

    (2) Angels pitcher Bartolo Colon reacts after giving up a two-run homer to the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez.

    Julie Jacobson/Associated Press

    Box:

    (1) ANGELS at NEW YORK

    - Gabe Lacques

    (2) DOUBLE DIGIT CLUB

    (3) GAME RECAP

    (4) HOW THE RUNS SCORED

    (5) ALMANAC almanac, originally, a calendar with notations of astronomical and other data. Almanacs have been known in simple form almost since the invention of writing, for they served to record religious feasts, seasonal changes, and the like.  
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