Sidelined by a hip injury and quadriceps problem, the 38-year-old Rodriguez made his season debut Aug. 5 on the same day MLB handed down his suspension.
Rodriguez was hitting .279 with one homer and four RBIs going into Sunday’s game. After being hit by a pitch, he drove in a run with groundout in his next at-bat.
In the sixth, Rodriguez hit a leadoff drive to straightaway center field against Dempster and let out a scream as he rounded both first base and third. The three-time MVP clapped his hands as he stepped on home plate and pointed to sky.
The home run trimmed the Yankees’ deficit to 6-4, and they went ahead later in the inning when Brett Gardner hit a bases-loaded triple.
Rodriguez’s second homer since coming off the disabled list left him 11 behind Willie Mays for fourth place on the career list.