Adjustments key to A-Rod's big night at plate

Adjustments key to A-Rod's big night at plate

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez credited a morning session with hitting coach Kevin Long as a key to his success in Friday's 7-6 victory over the Tigers, but the Yankees slugger isn't about to reveal many details.

 "We figured out a few things and hopefully we can keep riding that," Rodriguez said. "For the most part, it's swinging at strikes and, for me, hitting the ball up the middle, getting the ball in the air or to the opposite field. Those are all things that are very good for me."

Rodriguez slugged his 633rd career home run in the fourth inning off Detroit's Justin Verlander. The blast came as part of a 3-for-4 performance and marked A-Rod's 288th homer as a Yankee, surpassing Bernie Williams for sixth place on the franchise's all-time list.

Facing Verlander in the fifth, Rodriguez also belted a loud drive to deep center field that might have cleared the fence on a warmer night, but instead died in Austin Jackson's glove. It was the only time in four at-bats that Rodriguez was retired.

"One of the balls he hit the hardest was the ball he hit to center field," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "On a normal day when it's not cold and the wind's blowing, he's got another home run. I just thought he swung at good pitches and he was patient."