Published: Aug 05, 2010 1:00 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 04, 2010 10:02 PM EDT

      NEW YORK (AP) - After all his struggles to hit his 600th home
run, Alex Rodriguez reached the milestone with style.
      A-Rod became the youngest player to attain the mighty mark,
driving a pitch into Yankee Stadium's Monument Park in center field
exactly three years to the day after his 500th homer.
      His two-run, first-inning drive off Toronto's Shaun Marcum put
New York ahead, and the Yankees coasted to a 5-1 victory over the
Toronto Blue Jays on a sweltering Wednesday afternoon to end a
three-game losing streak.
      A-Rod reached the milestone after a 12-game drought, connecting
with a 2-0 pitch over the middle of the plate for his 17th home run
of the season. Because Rodriguez homered into Monument Park, a
stadium worker could retrieve the ball for him.