Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees became the youngest player to reach 400 homers when he hit his second of the game against the Brewers in Milwaukee last night.
Rodriguez's two-run shot off LHP Chris Capuano in the first inning gave him 399, and his solo shot off LHP Jorge De La Rosa in the eighth made him just the 40th player in major league history to hit 400 homers.
"Alex had a super night and capped it off with the 400th home run," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "He's 29 years old and has 400 homers. That's pretty incredible. With the shape he's in and the way he works, who knows where he's going?"
Rodriguez is 29 years 316 days old. Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 400th homer at 30 years and 141 days. . . .
Torre juggled his lineup, taking Hideki Matsui out of the starting lineup for the first time since 2003 and giving a number of backups a start in hopes of snapping his team out of its latest funk. Matsui hadn't missed a start since Sept. 26, 2003, and has played in all 383 games since joining the Yankees in 2003.
With the Brewers' Capuano on the mound, Bernie Williams replaced Matsui in center field, Ruben Sierra started in left for the first time all season, Rey Sanchez got his seventh start at second base and John Flaherty took Jorge Posada's place behind the plate for just the 11th time.
Torre had to make another, unanticipated change when Jason Giambi (back spasms) was a late scratch from his third straight start at first base and was replaced by Tino Martinez.
The Yankees won, 12-3.
* TRADING PLACES: The Phillies acquired reliever Ugueth Urbina from the Tigers for IF Placido Polanco. The Phillies also get IF Ramon Martinez in a move that clears the way for Chase Utley to play second base every day.
Urbina, who helped the Marlins win the World Series in 2003, is 1-3 with nine saves and a 2.63 ERA in 25 games. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 10 innings.
Polanco, who shared second base with Utley and started at three other positions, is batting .316 with three homers and 20 RBI. Martinez is hitting .268 in 19 games, including 15 starts.
"The price was high, but to be able to get a proven bullpen arm who has pitched at a championship level, it was too good to pass up," Phillies GM Ed Wade said, adding that Tigers President Dave Dombrowski told him he was close to moving Urbina to another team in the NL East.
* C. JONES MAY HAVE SURGERY: The Braves' Chipper Jones was bracing for possible surgery on his left foot. Jones wore a walking boot yesterday and said he has been told he would probably have to wear the boot and miss about a month while resting the foot.
"I would much rather bite the bullet and get it done so I can be the player we all want me to be," Jones said.
* MANAGER'S CHOICE: The Mariners selected Kent State's Andy Hargrove, the son of Manager Mike Hargrove, in the 47th round on the final day of baseball's amateur draft.
The younger Hargrove is a 6-foot-1, 250-pound senior first baseman.
"That shows they have good taste," Mike Hargrove said. "I'm glad he's getting a shot at it. He's in the right environment, with good hitting instructors and people who can help him develop."
* HURDLE RETURNS: Rockies Manager Clint Hurdle rejoined the team after missing two games to be with his daughter, who had been having seizures.
* GOOD OUTING: Cardinals reliever Cal Eldred, on the DL since early April because of a viral inflammation of his heart lining, threw two shutout innings for Class AA Springfield in his second rehab outing.
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