A-Rod receives milestone ball, settles bonus dispute

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NEW YORK: Controversial slugger Alex Rodriguez got the home run ball he smashed for his 3,000th career hit after all on Friday (Saturday in Manila) after the New York Yankees made a deal with the fan who caught it. Zack Hample presented the ball to Rodriguez prior to the Yankees’ home game against Tampa Bay. The Yankees will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity which Hample has supported since 2009 that provides equipment and promotes youth baseball in underprivileged areas around the world. Rodriguez became just the 29th Major League Baseball player to reach 3,000 hits when he belted a homer against Detroit at Yankee Stadium on June 19.

AFP

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