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Alex Rodriguez hits 655th homer, 1st since yearlong drug suspension

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez follows through on a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez follows through on a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, April 9, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

 Alex Rodriguez has hit his first home run since serving a yearlong drug suspension.

The three-time MVP connected Thursday night off Toronto Blue Jays rookie Daniel Norris, leading off the sixth inning by launching a high fastball deep into the left-field seats for his 655th career homer.

Rodriguez, moved up to second in the New York Yankees' lineup against a lefty, tossed his bat aside and rounded the bases without any fanfare, though the drive invigorated a small crowd on a cold night at Yankee Stadium.

It was A-Rod's first home run since Sept. 20, 2013, against San Francisco reliever George Kontos. The slugger ranks fifth on the career list, five behind Willie Mays.

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