Yankees celebrate A-Rod's 3,000th hit with brief ceremony
NEW YORK (AP) Three months, $3.5 million and 75 games later, the New York Yankees celebrated Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit in a brief and subdued pregame ceremony before a relatively sparse Yankee Stadium crowd.
Rodriguez hit a solo homer off Detroit's Justin Verlander on June 19 to reach 3,000, joining Wade Boggs and Derek Jeter as the only players to reach the mark with a home run.
The team reached an agreement with Rodriguez on July 3 to make $3.5 million in charitable contributions, settling a dispute over a $6 million marketing payment contemplated for his 660th home run. The sides had an acrimonious relationship in 2013 and 2014 during baseball's Biogenesis drug investigation, which led to a one-season suspension of A-Rod.