New York slugger Alex Rodriguez is on track to break Roger Maris's team home run record of 61 after hitting two to help sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates, 13-6. The Yankees abused their former starter Shawn Chacon, who lasted only 3.1 innings and gave up seven runs. Pittsburgh went 3-12 last year against the American League.
A-Rod's second homer came against Masumi Kuwata, a legend with Japan's Yomiuri Giants (the former team of Yanks outfielder Hideki Matsui). Kuwata made his Major League debut at 39, becoming the oldest to do so since another Pirates pitcher in 1960. The Pirates are now 11 games under .500, while the Yankees are 30-31.