Alex Rodriguez's three-run homer on Wednesday helped the Yankees sweep Kansas City and pushed him past Lou Gehrig on Major League Baseball's all-time RBI list with 1,995.

A-Rod is now just one RBI behind Barry Bonds who ranks fourth.

Major League Baseball acknowledges there is some dispute over Gehrig's official numbers as Rodriguez continues to surpass legendary names:

Baseball has a longstanding history of disputes over numbers, and the career RBI leaderboard is one of them. Due to the uncertain nature of record keeping in the early part of the 20th century, there are some discrepancies regarding Gehrig's overall numbers. According to Elias, Gehrig's career RBI total is 1,993. The various sources used to comprise's entire database, which lists Gehrig with 1,995 career RBIs, reflects alternative and also credible points of view.

Another historical issue clouding the situation: RBIs did not become an official statistic until 1920, and Elias doesn't count the RBIs Babe Ruth collected before that season, listing his career total as 1,992.'s stats list Ruth with 2,213 career RBIs, which places him second all time behind only Hank Aaron (2,297).

Ultimately, the AL East division leading Yankees pick up three much needed wins and Michael Pineda (6-2) got back into the win column as well. He struck out eight in 6 and 2/3 innings of one-run ball.

New York opens a four-game series in Oakland Thursday night (10:10).


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