BALTIMORE -- Derek Jeter's name is at the top of yet another category on the Yankees' all-time leaderboard, as the captain passed Mickey Mantle with his 2,402nd game played Sunday.
Jeter tied Mantle in New York's 12-5 loss to the Orioles on Friday and appeared in the lineup for the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday, batting leadoff as the designated hitter.
"I take pride in coming and doing my job. I think that's probably the best way to put it," Jeter said. "My job is obviously to come and play games, try to stay on the field and try to stay healthy. I've done it for a long time, I guess."
Jeter already held the Yankees' franchise lead in hits, at-bats and stolen bases, and he could surpass Lou Gehrig in career doubles (534 to 488) and Babe Ruth in career runs (1,959 to 1,754) before his playing days are done.
"I don't compare things," Jeter said. "All of them are special in their own right."
Jeter first realized that no Yankees player had achieved 3,000 hits a few springs ago after leafing through the team's media guide in Tampa, Fla. But he didn't learn of the games-played record until earlier this season, when he said someone mentioned that he was getting within striking distance.
"I don't even think you're aware of anything like that," Jeter said. "When you first come up, you're just trying to keep your job and stay here as long as you can.
"I don't think people get called up and look at, 'Let me see who has the games-played record for the organization.' So this one was something I never looked at. No one ever talked about it."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other active players who lead their current team are Colorado's Todd Helton and Texas' Michael Young.
Garcia will be activated from DL, start Monday
BALTIMORE -- Freddy Garcia will be activated from the 15-day disabled list and has been listed as the Yankees' scheduled starter for Monday's 7:05 p.m. ET game against the Orioles.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he decided to use Bartolo Colon in Game 1 of Sunday's day-night doubleheader to avoid making a roster move for the twin bill. Ivan Nova will start the nightcap.
"Freddy hasn't pitched in so long," Girardi said Sunday. "Instead of pitching him today, we can keep everyone here through the doubleheader today, as opposed to having to send a position player, or maybe a pitcher, down."
Garcia has been on the disabled list since Aug. 19, retroactive to Aug. 8, after he sliced his right index finger in a kitchen mishap. He is 10-7 with a 3.16 ERA in 21 games (20 starts).
The Yankees' rotation for the upcoming series against the Red Sox in Boston will thus have CC Sabathia on Tuesday, Phil Hughes on Wednesday and A.J. Burnett on Thursday.
"If we're going to win this division, we have to pitch better," Girardi said. "Right now, we've run into a little bump and that's not abnormal to go through during the course of the season. But we need to turn it around."
Girardi favors adding extra player for twin bills
BALTIMORE -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi is a proponent of changing Major League Baseball's rules for day-night doubleheaders, permitting teams to add extra players for a single day.
Girardi suggested that baseball should consider allowing clubs to add an extra pitcher or an extra position player for those games before rosters expand on Sept. 1.
"To me, it makes sense because the most important part of this game, I think, is the competitive play on the field and the product," Girardi said.
The topic was brought up because the Yankees said they were not interested in playing back-to-back doubleheaders against the Orioles on Sunday and Monday, a resolution that Baltimore's brass floated.
"Physically, how do you do that?" Girardi said. "How do you physically do that when you're playing day after day after day? You're talking about risking injury to players and trying to manage a pitching staff."
Instead, the Yankees have been scheduled to play a Sept. 8 makeup game at Camden Yards, deleting one of the club's twp remaining off-days.
Girardi said that he would prefer to play that game at the conclusion of the regular season if necessary, or a split doubleheader at Yankee Stadium from Sept. 5-7, with the Yankees serving as the road team.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano said that he would volunteer the bat he used to hit his grand slam on Thursday to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Yankees became the first club to hit three grand slams in a single game, with Russell Martin and Curtis Granderson also clubbing grand slams in a 22-9 win over the Athletics.
With his 10th straight victory on Sunday, Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova tied Johnny Allen (1932) for the third-longest winning streak all-time by a Yankees rookie. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nova became the first Yankees rookie to win seven straight starts since Vic Raschi won seven in a row spanning the 1946-47 seasons.
Cano not only saw his 17-game hitting streak snapped in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, but he struck out twice in both games, just the 13th and 14th time he has fanned twice in a game this year. He has not struck out three times in a game since Aug. 19, 2009, at Oakland. Cano also snapped an 18-game hitting streak at Camden Yards that dated back to May 20, 2009.