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Next chase for Alex Rodriguez: 3,000 hits

Alex Rodriguez grounds out against the Boston Red

Alex Rodriguez grounds out against the Boston Red Sox in the first inning at Fenway Park May 2, 2015 in Boston. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

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.

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.

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."

Odd ball

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.

Staying Young

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.

No worries

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.

Extra bases

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.

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