NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player to hit 600 home runs Wednesday, reaching the milestone after a 12-game drought with a drive off Toronto's Shaun Marcum in the first inning at Yankee Stadium.
Rodriguez's home run sailed over the center-field wall and landed in Monument Park. A stadium worker collected the ball for him. A-Rod raised a hand slightly in triumph as he rounded first base, then completed his home run trot.
He joined an elite club of sluggers who have reached 600 homers, including Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Ken Griffey Jr. and Sammy Sosa.
Many fans raised their arms in joy when he finally connected. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.
A-Rod turned 35 last week.