BOSTON -- With 660 homers out of the way and, presumably, 661 to follow soon enough, Joe Girardi is glad that Alex Rodriguez should be able to catch his breath before facing a deluge of questions about the next milestone: 3,000 hits.
"We still have a little time," Girardi said Saturday.
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Rodriguez, whose pinch-hit blast in the eighth inning Friday night gave him 660 homers and tied Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list, went 1-for-4 Saturday and has 2,957 hits.DataA-Rod's career home runs
As Rodriguez approaches 3,000 hits, he is likely to face the same daily barrage Derek Jeter encountered in 2011. "I still think he'll be asked about it a lot," Girardi said. "There aren't a lot of people in the big leagues with 3,000 hits, so he'll be asked about it a lot and I'm sure he'll think plenty about it. But we still have some time."
Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan will undergo surgery after suffering a broken right knuckle Friday night. The injury occurred in the seventh inning when Mark Teixeira was hit by a pitch on his right wrist and the ball ricocheted off Hanigan's exposed right hand.
"I've seen balls ricochet and hit catchers, but I don't know if I've ever seen someone break his hand like that," said Girardi, a former big-league catcher. "Extremely unfortunate. That's a strange play."
Teixeira stayed in the game Friday and started at first Saturday, going 0-for-4.
Chris Young went 2-for-4, including a ninth-inning homer that made it 4-2. He is hitting .317 with six homers and 12 RBIs. In two seasons with the Yankees, the Mets castoff is hitting .299 in 134 at-bats, and of his 40 hits, 23 have been for extra bases: 14 doubles and nine homers. "He's been fabulous for us," Girardi said.
Didi Gregorius committed his fourth error Friday night, booting a routine grounder, but Girardi called that a "physical error" and said it was not indicative of the kind of fielder the shortstop is.
"I think his shortstop play's improved a lot," Girardi said Saturday.
Gregorius committed no errors Saturday afternoon and started a 6-4-3 double play to end the fourth, making a nifty stop on Mike Napoli's shot back up the middle and flipping the ball to second baseman Gregorio Petit.
Ivan Nova, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery at the minor-league complex in Tampa, faced five hitters in an intrasquad game Saturday and got four outs in an 18-pitch inning. Next up: a two-inning outing Thursday . . . The Yankees improved to 15-0 when leading after eight innings this season.