CLEVELAND -- Alex Rodriguez has taken longer than any of his six predecessors to make the jump from 599 home runs to 600, but as long as the Yankees keep winning games, he could not care less.
"I'm focused on what we keep doing every night -- playing good baseball and winning," Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez finished Thursday's 11-4 win over the Indians 1-for-4 with three RBIs, going homerless in the four-game series at Progressive Field.
Since hitting No. 599 last Thursday, he is 9-for-30 (.300) with seven RBIs, going 34 plate appearances without homering.
Those 34 plate appearances match his fourth-longest power outage of the season and surpass the 28 at-bat drought between Ken Griffey Jr.'s 599th and 600th homers in 2008.
But Rodriguez is taking the positives out of his chase. He showed patience with a second-inning walk against Indians starter Mitch Talbot, saying that was a "good sign." When the situation called for it in the third, A-Rod connected for a game-tying sacrifice fly.
"I wanted to make sure I got at least one run in that situation," he said.
Rodriguez rounded out his night by flying out in the fifth, grounding out and lining a two-run single as New York batted around in the seventh and striking out in his final at-bat.
The owner of 31 RBIs in 24 July games, Rodriguez said that "nothing's changed" in the way he is being received by his teammates, although of course he is finding it impossible to ignore the fuss when he steps up to the plate.
"I saw a lot of people out there in the left-field corner," he said. "I don't hit balls over there, though. They should be set up somewhere else, maybe right-center."