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Guillen praises A-Rod's achievement

Guillen praises A-Rod's achievement

DETROIT -- Alex Rodriguez became the seventh member of Major League Baseball's 600-home run club with his first-inning blast off the Jays' Shaun Marcum on Wednesday afternoon. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had nothing but praise for Rodriguez's accomplishment.

"Awesome. Wow. A lot of people were taking notes how many at-bats without a home run," Guillen said. "Baseball needs people out there making good things about this game. To me, he's one of the best players, top three or four, ever in the history of the game.

"I'm very happy for him. He represents baseball. He made a mistake one time, and that's part of the game.


"Six hundred home runs? That's pretty amazing. So young, too. He's lucky he didn't go through any injuries. You have to be lucky and be blessed by God to give you the talent and prevent you from injuries. The only way you put up those numbers is if you play every day. No doubt."