Alex Rodriguez will chase Willie Mays’ home run record Monday night at the Stadium and he will do it from a familiar spot.
A-Rod, who, with 659 career homers is one shy of Mays’ fourth spot on the all-time list will be at third base when the Yankees open a three-game set against the Rays.
Rodriguez, who hit No. 659 Sunday night off the Mets’ Jon Niese, will be facing Rays starter Nate Karns, whom he homered off on April 17 in Tampa.
While it could be a big night at the Stadium for Rodriguez and Yankee fans, the Yankees themselves may not be in a celebratory mood.
As the Daily News first reported in January, the Yankees view the marketing bonuses (starting with $ 6 million for tying Mays) as worthless and invalid, according to sources, the result of Rodriguez’s suspension for violating the game’s collectively bargained drug policy and his scorched-earth attack on baseball and the Yankees.
The club plans to do battle with its onetime superstar over paying the bonuses, and is prepared to fight Rodriguez if he files a grievance with the Players’ Association.
Rodriguez is also slated to get $ 6 million for tying Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755), and tying and passing Barry Bonds (762).
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