The plethora of angles had been covered -- that Alex Rodriguez would be the youngest to join the exclusive 600-homer club or that his so-called drought between 599 and 600 was already the longest in history, to name a couple.
All that remained was for A-Rod to go out and hit career homer No. 600. On Wednesday, he did just that.
Rodriguez slugged his 600th homer off Shaun Marcum in the Yankees' 5-1 win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, sending a crowd of 47,659 into a frenzy as it witnessed history. Not to be lost in the shuffle, Derek Jeter collected four hits, and Phil Hughes allowed only one run in 5 1/3 innings. With the victory, the Bronx Bombers drew back into a first-place tie in the American League East with the Rays, who lost to the Twins in 13 innings, 2-1.
Speaking of the Twins, they prevailed in the night's thriller behind Delmon Young, a former prized prospect of Tampa Bay, who supplied the go-ahead hit at Tropicana Field. Young's galvanizing knock came long after starters Scott Baker and David Price dueled, with the former spinning eight shutout frames and the latter allowing one run in seven innings.
The Dodgers' Vicente Padilla provided more than a fair measure of drama as well, flirting with a no-hitter against the Padres as he continued his surge since returning from the disabled list with a 9-0 win. The righty settled instead for a two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout. Padilla held the Friars hitless for 6 1/3 innings and helped his own cause with an RBI single.
In Denver, Ubaldo Jimenez tied a Rockies club record with his 17th win, dominating the Giants with seven frames of one-run ball and fanning nine in a 6-1 victory. Carlos Gonzalez continued his torrid stretch, clubbing two homers in a 2-for-4 afternoon as Colorado, in third place in the NL West, drew to within 6 1/2 games of the division-leading Padres. San Francisco, in second place, is 1 1/2 games back.
Edwin Jackson, the final big-name chip moved prior to the non-waiver Trade Deadline, shined in his White Sox debut, getting the best of the Tigers, one of his former teams, with seven innings of one-run ball. Paul Konerko and Carlos Quentin muscled up for homers as the South Siders preserved their 1 1/2-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central with a 4-1 victory.
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 1
Alex Rodriguez became the seventh member of the exclusive 600-homer club and the youngest player to reach the milestone. Wrap >
Dodgers 9, Padres 0
Using everything from a 94 mph fastball to a 50 mph Eephus pitch, Vicente Padilla baffled the Padres, recording a two-hitter after pitching 6 1/3 no-hit innings. Wrap >
Twins 2, Rays 1, 13 innings
After Tampa Bay tied the game in the bottom of the ninth, former Ray Delmon Young hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 13th inning. Wrap >
White Sox 4, Tigers 1
An All-Star with Detroit last season, right-hander Edwin Jackson beat the Tigers in his White Sox debut. Chicago now leads Detroit by eight games in the AL Central. Wrap >
Rangers 11, Mariners 6
David Murphy hit a three-run shot and Michael Young hit a grand slam, both with two outs, as the Rangers turned a three-run deficit into an easy victory. Wrap >
Rockies 6, Giants 1
Ubaldo Jimenez notched his Major League-best 17th win by dominating the Giants over seven innings. Carlos Gonzalez belted a pair of homers, his first career multi-homer game. Wrap >
Braves 8, Mets 3
The Braves took advantage of three home runs, four Mets errors, and an erratic Mike Pelfrey to take the series victory, but a pallor was cast over their win when Kris Medlen left with an elbow injury in the fifth inning. Wrap >
Phillies 7, Marlins 2
The conditions weren't ideal -- rain delayed the tilt for 58 minutes -- but the Phillies battled the elements and chased Anibal Sanchez early. Domonic Brown's rocket arm set the tone on D, and he also plated three runs. Wrap >
Cardinals 8, Astros 4
Albert Pujols led St. Louis' hit parade, falling a triple short of the cycle as Houston had its seven-game winning streak snapped by the Cardinals. Wrap >
Orioles 9, Angels 7
Luke Scott homered for the third straight game as the O's batted around in a five-run fourth that helped down the Angels. Felix Pie had three RBIs and Adam Jones scored three runs to keep Buck Showalter undefeated. Wrap >
Indians 9, Red Sox 1
Justin Masterson wasn't able to replicate his June 9 shutout of the Red Sox, but the Tribe righty held his former team to one run in five-plus innings. Wrap >
Nationals 7, D-backs 2
Adam Dunn clocked his 27th and 28th home runs of the season in support of starter Craig Stammen, who yielded only one run on six hits in 5 1/3 frames. Wrap >
Reds 9, Pirates 4
Johnny Cueto allowed one run and fanned six over six for the victory. Paul Janish belted a three-run homer in the Reds' six-run seventh. Wrap >
Cubs 15, Brewers 3
The Cubs used three-run homers from Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Blake DeWitt to snap a seven-game losing streak. Wrap >
A's 4, Royals 3
Brett Anderson turned in seven quality innings in his second start since coming off the DL to earn his first win since May 29. He was aided by a four-run rally in the sixth capped by Kevin Kouzmanoff's two-run double. Wrap >
Dan Mennella is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.