Until Alex Rodriguez hits hits 600 home runs, we'll be baseballreference.com-ing his batter vs. pitcher history against his opposition for the night. Tonight? Brian Bannister and the Kansas City Royals.
Career vs. the Royals: 41 Home Runs
Career at Yankee Stadium: 124 Home Runs
Vs. Brian Bannister, tonight's starter: 4-7, 3 HRs, 6 RBI, 3 BB's, 3 K's
Vs. Rob Tejeda: 5-11, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Vs. Joakim Soria: 2-3, 1 K
Vs. Blake Wood: 1-1, 1 RBI
Has not faced Kyle Farnsworth, Dusty Hughes, Victor Marte, or Kanakoa Texeira.
Basically, tonight would be a great night for A-Rod to enter the 600 club: he's really owned Brian Bannister historically. He doesn't have much history against the Royals bullpen - he was injured last time the Royals came to New York in 2009 - and the one guy he does, Tejeda, gave up his 599th home run yesterday, so he probably won't be in there against Rodriguez anytime soon.