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A-Rod Hits Record-Breaking Grand Slam to Lift Yankees to Win

Alex Rodriguez hit his 24th career grand slam Friday night to set the MLB record for most in history. The hit helped the New York Yankees beat the San Fransico Giants as they still chase their playoff hopes.

“I don’t know if we can afford to lose any more games,” manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the bottom line at this point. I kind of look at every game from here on out as extremely, extremely important. We needed it.”

In the seven inning with the score tied, Rodriguez blasted a game-winning home run to right-center field, which was the last score in the game deciding their 5-1 victory Friday night at Yankee Stadium. The 24th career grand slam put A-Rod ahead of Lou Gehrig for the most all-time.

“I’m a huge fan of Lou Gehrig, everything he’s done, going back to his college days in New York,” Rodriguez said. “He’s kind of the gold standard for a Yankee. It’s a special moment. I’ll think about it someday.”

Manager Girardi was happy to see A-Rod make history.

“It’s an unbelievable accomplishment, and it’s a big one for us,” Girardi said. “To be able to have that many opportunities means you’ve been around a long time, but to be able to come through that many times means you’ve been a powerful hitter for a long time, and that’s what he’s been.”

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