A-Rod says he could change mind and play beyond 2017

- Alex Rodriguez says he could change his mind and play beyond 2017, but the New York Yankees slugger repeated his current intent is to quit after two more seasons.

Rodriguez, who turns 41 in July, is fourth on the career home-run list with 687. He revealed his intentions Wednesday during an interview with ESPN.

"I stand by my comment," Rodriguez said Thursday before the Yankees played Tampa Bay. "In baseball 30 days is an eternity. I can't tell you what can happen in two years. I'm going to fulfill my contract, and I have a right to make a decision then, too. With two years out it's a little different."

Rodriguez is 75 homers shy of matching Barry Bonds' career record and likely would be unable to reach it unless he plays into 2018. Also ahead of him are Babe Ruth (714) and Hank Aaron (755).

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