NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez has homered for his 3,000th career hit, becoming the 29th major league player to reach the milestone.
The New York Yankees star connected Friday night. He did it at Yankee Stadium in the first inning against Detroit ace Justin Verlander.
The crowd erupted as the ball sailed into the seats in right field. Rodriguez was greeted by his teammates between the plate and the dugout.
Rodriguez turns 40 next month. The three-time AL MVP has enjoyed a resurgent year as a designated hitter after sitting out all last season while serving a drug suspension.
Rodriguez became the first player in the big leagues to get 3,000 hits since Yankees great Derek Jeter homered from the very same batter's box in 2011.