A-Rod's 600th just another homer for Marcum

A-Rod's 600th just another homer for Marcum

NEW YORK -- Shaun Marcum is not worried about becoming a part of history on Wednesday. As far as the Blue Jays starter is concerned, the blast he yielded to Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez was just another home run.

Alex Rodriguez/600

It was a little more than that, though.

The two-run homer that Rodriguez launched in the first inning of the Blue Jays' 5-1 loss at Yankee Stadium was the 600th shot of his career. With that blast to center field, A-Rod became the seventh player in baseball history to reach at least 600 home runs.

"I'm not really worried about it," Marcum said. "I'm sure he's going to hit another 150 or 200, so it's no big deal. I'm not really worried about it. It's a great record for him to have, but I'm sure there's going to be plenty more of them. You just have to move on."

With two outs and a runner on first base in the opening frame, Marcum sent a 2-0 cutter Rodriguez's way. The pitch was intended for the outside part of the plate, but did not break as sharply as Marcum would have hoped. Rodriguez then did what he has done to 365 pitchers over the course of his career.

Milestone memories
Alex Rodriguez's milestone homers
No. Pitcher Opponent Date
1 Tom Gordon Royals 6/12/95
50 Felipe Lira Tigers 6/5/97
100 Nerio Rodriguez Blue Jays 8/12/98
150 Andy Pettitte Yankees 4/7/00
200 Jon Garland White Sox 5/12/01
250 Luke Prokopec Blue Jays 4/30/02
300 Ramon Ortiz Angels 4/2/03
350 Mark Mulder Athletics 5/4/04
400 Jorge de la Rosa Brewers 6/8/05
450 A.J. Burnett Blue Jays 7/21/06
500 Kyle Davies Royals 8/4/07
550 Jason Hammel Rays 9/4/08
600 Shaun Marcum Blue Jays 8/4/10
"It was a cutter that just didn't quite cut as much as we wanted," Blue Jays catcher John Buck said. "Obviously, he got good wood on it. He's done it 600 times, so he's a good hitter. He'll hit mistake pitches."

The baseball rocketed off of A-Rod's bat and sailed to dead center field, flying over the wall and landing in the netting above Monument Park. The crowd roared as Rodriguez sprinted around the bases, and the fans offered a curtain call for the slugger after he received hugs and handshakes from his New York teammates.

Marcum knew he was in trouble right away.

"[I knew] as it came out of my hand," he said. "It was a [terrible] pitch. It just didn't get where it was supposed to go."

Marcum has now allowed two home runs to A-Rod in his career. Overall, the Yankees third baseman has launched 51 homers against the Blue Jays, victimizing 32 different Toronto pitchers over 17 seasons.

As far as being linked to A-Rod in the record books, Marcum did not sound concerned.

"It's just another one on my stats," Marcum said. "It's a great accomplishment for him, but I'm not worried about him hitting 600 home runs. I'm more concerned with us losing the game. That's what we're here for, to play baseball, not worry about records."

Marcum settled down after yielding A-Rod's milestone homer in the first, giving up just three more runs over the next five innings, finishing with five runs on eight hits and one walk in his six innings, with five strikeouts.

Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.