BASEBALL TONIGHT EXTRA
A-Rod finishes with 30 homers
The drop-off in first-half home runs around the majors hasn't affected the player who many say is the best long-ball hitter in baseball -- Alex Rodriguez. The Yankees clobbered the Angels 12-0 on Sunday to close the first half on a high note, and A-Rod smashed his major league-leading 30th home run. Rodriguez became only the second player in Yankees history to reach the 30-homer mark before the All-Star break, joining Roger Maris.
As for the home run drought this season, only eight players have even reached 20 so far tin 2007 -- a significantly lower figure than those posted at the midway point in recent seasons.
NEWS AND NOTES
• Marlins third baseman Miguel Cabrera will miss Monday's Home Run Derby because of a jammed left shoulder. Cabrera has 18 homers, the most by a Marlins player at the break since Carlos Delgado had the same total in 2005.
• First baseman Mark Teixeira (strained left quadriceps muscle) will make a rehabilitation start at Double-A Frisco on Wednesday. He then expects to play Friday night for the Rangers in their first game after the All-Star break at the Los Angeles Angels.
• Rookie right-hander Homer Bailey was optioned to the minors Sunday so the Reds' top prospect can keep pitching over the All-Star break. The Reds called up infielder Pedro Lopez from Triple-A Louisville to take his roster spot and give the team some depth while it struggles with injuries.
• A strong burst of wind caught the tarp as the Rockies' grounds crew tried to roll it over the infield during a seventh-inning rain delay on Sunday, sending crew members flying into the air. No one was hurt and the crew -- with the Phillies' help -- eventually got the tarp down. The crowd, which was scurrying for cover, applauded their efforts.