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Alex Rodriguez Hits 3 Home Runs vs. Twins: Stats, Highlights and Reaction

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 26, 2015

New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez follows through on a single to center off Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Phil Hughes during the first inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Friday, July 24, 2015. The Twins won 10-1. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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Alex Rodriguez is on the verge of turning 40 years old, but that didn't stop the New York Yankees third baseman from turning back the clock in an 8-5 win Saturday night against the Minnesota Twins. 

Rodriguez ripped three home runs, including a solo shot to center that tied things at five in the top of the ninth inning.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Saturday marked the fifth time in Rodriguez's career that he hit three home runs in a single game. It was the first time he boasted the accomplishment since a 2010 showdown against the Kansas City Royals. Furthermore, Rodriguez now sits one game back of Sammy Sosa and Johnny Mize for the most three-home run games of all time, per ESPN Stats & Info.

He also joined some exclusive company in the process of hitting three dingers that each traveled at least 420 feet, according to ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Alex Rodriguez now ranks tied for 6th all-time in multi-homer games http://t.co/A9MS2swavf

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Alex Rodriguez: 2nd player to have 3 420-foot HR in a game within the last 5 seasons. Other is Miguel Cabrera http://t.co/tUkU82LBlo

NBC Sports' Aaron Gleeman provided some staggering historical context regarding A-Rod's achievement: 

Aaron Gleeman @AaronGleeman

Alex Rodriguez is the fifth-oldest player to hit three home runs in a game, behind Stan Musial, Jason Giambi, Reggie Jackson, and Babe Ruth.

The first home run of Rodriguez's evening was arguably the most impressive. Facing a 2-0 count in the top of the fourth inning, Rodriguez bombed a Tommy Milone offering into the third deck in left field: 

Rodriguez then followed up that at-bat by blasting a two-run shot into left-center field to cut the deficit to two.   

Not bad for the league's sixth-oldest player. 

"He's been remarkable," general manager Brian Cashman said, per the New York Times' Billy Witz. "Forty is a big number. Bottom line: Normally you're not in a position to be evaluating 40-year-olds anymore in this game because they're usually out of the game."

As ESPN.com's Mike Mazzeo noted, Saturday's MLB slate was packed with statistical anomalies: 

Mike Mazzeo @MazzNYDN

More unlikely: 1. Cubs being no-hit 2. A 39.99-year-old human being hitting 1,298 feet of estimated homers 3. The Mets scoring 15 runs

Catcher John Ryan Murphy followed Rodriguez's lead in the ninth and proceeded to crush a three-run homer to right field to cap off a thrilling victory for the AL East-leading Yankees. 

Given the way Rodriguez has performed at the plate following a year off due to a PED-related suspension, it's possible the Yankees could soon stake their claim as the cream of the American League crop as they seek to snap a two-year postseason drought.

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