Camera flashes flickered throughout Yankee Stadium in the eighth inning Thursday night as Alex Rodriguez awaited the first pitch from Blake Wood, an outside slider that he was taking all the way. Rodriguez said his eyes needed a second or two to adjust before he could swing again. The lights twinkled for the next six pitches, and they will again on Friday, when Rodriguez resumes his chase for 600 home runs.
History will wait at least another day, after Rodriguez connected for No. 599 in the Yankees’ 10-4 victory against the Kansas City Royals. His seventh-inning liner, off an 0-2 fastball from Robinson Tejeda, landed a few rows deep into the right-field stands, setting up a letdown in the eighth when Rodriguez merely doubled off Wood. The crowd gasped when he made contact the last time, sighed when the ball scooted into the gap and then streamed for the exits.