LOS ANGELES -- The Yankees had a feeling that good things were coming for Alex Rodriguez, who flicked his wrists with powerful strokes earlier this week and has now homered in two of his last three games. Rodriguez's homer totals have been off target this year as the slugger continues to climb toward being the seventh member of baseball's 600-homer club, but a surge may be around the corner. His sixth-inning blast on Friday off the Dodgers' Vicente Padilla gave him 10 for the season and 593 lifetime.
"It's a little better," said Rodriguez, who pointed to the June 18-20 Subway Series as a turning point. "I had a couple of good swings in that series that I felt good about. I've been doing a lot of work with Kevin Long every day and little by little, I'm getting a little better." Rodriguez has five hits in his last 10 at-bats and has shown no signs to indicate that his right hip flexor tendinitis is affecting him at the plate. "Power is something that I never worry about," Rodriguez said. "I do like hitting my first-inning double [Friday], that was good contact, driving in runs. The power is going to be there." The Yankees plan to give Rodriguez a day as a designated hitter once they return to American League rules on Tuesday, but Rodriguez is expected to play at third base for the rest of their stay in Los Angeles. "I'm not as consistent as I want, but it's getting better," Rodriguez said.