Alex Rodriguez ties Willie Mays with home run No. 660

Call it a milestone or not, but Alex Rodriguez is now tied with Willie Mays for fourth on baseball's all-time home run list.Rodriguez hit No. 660 Friday night at Fenway Park. Batting in the eighth inning as a pinch hitter, the Yankees slugger lined a 3-0 pitch by the Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa over the Green Monster in left field. [email protected] blasts home run No. 660, matching Willie Mays for 4th on the all-time list. https://t.co/WZlwZHCofo— (@) May 2, 2015MORE: A-Rod through the years | Will Yankees pay bonus? | 'Don't have a marketing degree' | 'One long boo for 15 years'A fan caught the ball, then immediately (and repeatedly) made the thumbs-down gesture. He later left his section with a stadium security worker, presumably to authenticate the ball and to negotiate its delivery to Rodriguez. The game was not stopped to recognize the achievement. R

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odriguez's Yankees teammates applauded him and offered hearty congratulations as he returned to the dugout.A-Rod gets some love from his teammates. (Getty Images)The home run gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead. New York held on to win by that score.UPDATE: Mays released a statement congratulating Rodriguez:Willie on Alex: "Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on his 660th home run. Milestones in baseball are meant to be broken..."— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 2, 2015"... and I wish him continued success throughout his career."— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo) May 2, 2015"I love Willie. He's one of my heroes. I'm speechless," Rodriguez told reporters when told of Mays' statement, according to The Associated Press.Barry Bonds, Mays' godson and No. 1 on the homer list, dashed off a note as well.Congratulations @AROD on your 660 Homerun. My God Father Willie is very happy for you as well. pic.twitter.com/FEbLvbkcVD— Barry L Bonds (@BarryBonds) May 2, 2015As with most things A-Rod, the home run has become a flashpoint between player and team. The Yankees don't want to pay Rodriguez the $6 million bonus he's due for reaching 660, a sum negotiated when Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million contract with the Yankees in 2007. The team reportedly believes Rodriguez's 2013 suspension for violating baseball's drug policy has destroyed its ability to market the feat. The Yankees have ignored the chase to 660 in its pregame media notes.    Rodriguez could file a grievance if the Yankees try to not to pay him. He made sure not to get caught up in any of that Friday night."Those things will take care of themselves," he told reporters. He was much more willing to acknowledge his role in the Yankees' 14-9 start to the season.  "A year ago today I never thought I'd be hitting home runs and helping the Yankees win. Being in the middle of it is fun again," he told reporters.

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