NEW YORK -- Although Alex Rodriguez missed his chance at history Sunday afternoon, second baseman Robinson Cano certainly capitalized on his milestone moment.
With a ground-rule double in the bottom of the eighth inning, Cano recorded his 1,000th career hit, becoming the third-quickest homegrown Yankees player -- behind Derek Jeter and Don Mattingly -- to reach that plateau.
"It's one of my dreams come true," said Cano, who went 2-for-5 for the game. "That's something you care about. I ain't gonna lie. I'm the kind of guy that sometimes -- you know what, I look at my stats to see how I do."
Cano entered Sunday's game sitting on 998 hits, but quickly trimmed the margin with a single in the sixth inning. Then, following the double that drove in Mark Teixeira and Colin Curtis, first-base coach Mick Kelleher approached Cano to congratulate him on the achievement.
And it took the 27-year-old only six years to register that total, causing manager Joe Girardi to marvel at Cano's budding potential.
"He's a great young hitter," Girardi said. "He seems to keep getting better and better. He's done this quick. That's the thing you can say about Robbie. Hopefully, he continues this for a long time."
For the time being, Cano is satisfied with his milestone. But has the prospect of potentially collecting 3,000 hits entered the second baseman's mind?
"Honestly no," Cano said. "I have my mind now on 1,500. That's what closer. Then, after that, 2,000, and you look at 2,500. But it takes a lot to get [to 3,000]. You have to be a special player." -- Didier Morais