Alex Rodriguez was both a happy recipient and cheerful giver Sunday. He accepted tributes and presents for having reached 3,000 hits earlier this season and celebrated by giving the Yankees and their fans a spirited 2-for-4 game in a 5-0 win over the Blue Jays.
"It's an amazing day," he said. "I'm incredibly grateful to the Steinbrenners and the Yankees -- first-class all the way. And it's rare for me that I get to celebrate a day with my mother, my two daughters, manager, teammates and obviously the fans of New York."
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Lou Piniella, his first major-league manager, saluted him in a video. Lonn Trost, the team's chief operating officer, gave him a Waterford Crystal vase. Hal Steinbrenner presented a 14-karat white gold ring with "3,000" in diamonds and pendants for his two daughters.
During the game, Rodriguez -- the self-described "slowest guy in the league" -- scored on a headfirst slide, got to his knees and pumped his fists. Why headfirst? Said A-Rod: "That's all I've got."
Tulo out 2 to 3 weeks
Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who suffered a cracked shoulder blade when teammate Kevin Pillar crashed into him Saturday, could be back in two to three weeks, general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. Tulowitzki said he is not looking for a definite timetable because he will get itchy to return sooner.
The Blue Jays are 30-8 when he has started and 52-53 in the rest of their games.
"If you look back in history, all the teams who won a World Series or made it deep into the playoffs, all faced adversity," he said. "That's part of the game. Hopefully, this will be something that just makes our story that much more special."
Adam Warren was available Sunday but was not needed to pitch. He is expected to start against Tampa Bay on Tuesday, although Joe Girardi would not make that official . . . The Yankees are 41-32 at the Stadium and have clinched their 24th consecutive home winning record . . . Brett Gardner, having hit two three-run homers in Game 2 Saturday night, made two standout catches in leftfield, one coming in, one going out. "He's a complete player," Girardi said, "and he has been a complete player for a few years now."