A-Rod belts 20th career grand slam

A-Rod belts 20th career grand slam

NEW YORK -- Everyone in Yankee Stadium saw the numbers flash on the scoreboard after an intentional ball four was issued to Mark Teixeira during Monday's contest against the Indians. Four-for-four, they said, with two home runs and 14 RBIs.

That's what Alex Rodriguez had done when Teixeira was intentionally walked ahead of him in his career. And those numbers didn't remain current for very long.

Rodriguez belted a 3-1 delivery from Chris Perez into the netting above Monument Park in straightaway center field for his second grand slam of the season, the 20th of his career and the 590th home run of his career. The third baseman is now 5-for-5 with three long balls and 18 RBIs in seven career plate appearances when Teixeira is walked intentionally before him. It was also the third consecutive time Rodriguez hit a grand slam when the man before him was walked intentionally to load the bases.

"I felt it coming," Rodriguez said after the Yankees' 11-2 thumping of the Indians. "I would appreciate if we kept those numbers to ourselves."

The 20th grand slam of his career moved Rodriguez past Eddie Murray and into sole possession of third place all-time behind only Lou Gehrig (23) and Manny Ramirez (21). The 590 home runs are good for seventh-best all-time, and Rodriguez continues inching closer to joining the 600 club.

Rodriguez has continually deflected talk of his historical standing all season. He did it again on Monday.

"It just means I'm old," he said of moving up the home run list. "I've been playing for a long time."

The homer extended the Yankees' lead to 6-1 and effectively put away what had been a taut affair all afternoon. It was the second time this series the Bombers had hit a grand slam in the seventh inning, with Robinson Cano achieving the feat on Friday night. Rodriguez did it earlier this season in the seventh against the Twins -- also after an intentional walk to Teixeira.

Monday marked the third baseman's rebuttal to Cano, who hit his grand slam while filling in the cleanup spot on a rare night off for Rodriguez.

"The other day he hit fourth and he wants to push me out of the way," Rodriguez said. "I had to tell him it's not quite time for that yet."

The grand slam wasn't all Rodriguez contributed on Monday. He opened the Yankees' 11-run onslaught with an RBI single to right-center in the first and closed it with an RBI double to deeper right-center in the eighth. It was the 13th time in his career he has driven in at least six runs.

"He's in a different zone when it comes to certain things like that," Curtis Granderson said. "When he comes up, everyone's on their feet, everyone's looking for something big to happen. Sure enough, he delivered again today."

Tim Britton is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.