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05/22/11 12:15 AM ET

Jeter ties Rickey for Yankees' steals record

NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter's leadoff single in the ninth inning of Saturday's 7-3 win over the Mets moved him one step closer to 3,000 hits, but his ensuing efforts on the basepaths are what entered him into a different kind of Yankees lore.

Jeter notched his 326th career stolen base, tying Rickey Henderson for the most in franchise history. Jeter stole second with Curtis Granderson batting, and he ended up scoring two batters later on a sacrifice fly by Mark Teixeira.

"It's hard to believe. Rickey was only here what? A year-and-a-half?" Jeter said with a laugh. "But if you play long enough and try to be consistent, I guess good things happen."

Henderson, who stole a Major League-record 1,406 bases during his 25-year career, appeared in 596 games for the Yankees from 1985-89.

Jeter's third steal of the year was part of a 2-for-4 night for the captain, who also scored two runs in his 2,337th game for the Yankees. He is 27 hits shy of 3,000 for his career.

"What can't you say about Jeet?" reliever David Robertson said. "He's a captain, he's an unbelievable player and I hope he keeps breaking records."

Girardi: No concern over A-Rod's legs

NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez couldn't get down the first-base line quickly enough to beat out an infield hit on Friday, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he has no concerns about the slugger's legs.

Rodriguez appeared to run slower than usual on a first-inning double off the Mets' R.A. Dickey and was robbed by a great play up the middle by shortstop Jose Reyes in the fifth inning of the Yankees' 2-1 loss.

Girardi said that the baserunning had no effect on the decision to use Rodriguez as the DH on Saturday, with Eduardo Nunez sliding in at third base.

"Alex ran the bases pretty normal, to me," Girardi said. "I don't see anything really abnormal with the way he's running the bases. I know it was asked about him getting out of the box slowly, but a lot of times that has to do with rotation and getting into your legs.

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"He's not 25 anymore, either. Alex is not the kind of guy that's going to slap it and run. He had a DH day on Monday, he'a been playing a lot for us, and I just thought it was time to give him another DH day to keep him as fresh as we can."

Rodriguez had been scheduled to have a routine examination this weekend on his right hip, coming after hitting coach Kevin Long was curious why Rodriguez had seemed reluctant to use his lower half as much.

That was pushed back because of the Yankees' late arrival on Friday morning from Baltimore, and a reschedule date has not been announced.

Yankees recall Pendleton, option Sanit

NEW YORK -- The Yankees re-arranged the long relief role in their bullpen on Saturday, recalling right-hander Lance Pendleton from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

New York optioned right-hander Amauri Sanit, who struggled to throw strikes while mopping up the final inning of a 13-2 victory over the Orioles on Thursday in Baltimore.

"We just talked to [Sanit] about becoming a little more consistent with his arm angles, dropping him down maybe a little bit more, and more consistency in strikes," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Sanit had a 8.53 ERA in three appearances for the Yankees, spanning 6 1/3 innings.

This is Pendleton's second stint in the big leagues, having also been with the team from April 15 to May 11.

Pendleton allowed no runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings over four appearances, including three perfect innings in his big league debut on April 15 against the Rangers.

Hughes can keep throwing, still no timetable

NEW YORK -- Phil Hughes has been cleared to continue his throwing program, which is good news for the Yankees right-hander. Unfortunately, that does little to further establish his timetable.

Team physician Christopher Ahmad told Hughes that he checked out fine and can keep making throws as he did on Saturday, from a distance of 90 to 100 feet.

But Hughes is itching to get back on a mound, and the Yankees haven't yet outlined when that will happen.

"I really won't know for sure until I get a competitive atmosphere and I'm throwing 100 percent," said Hughes, who has been on the disabled list since April 15 with right shoulder inflammation. "I'm just worried about getting on a mound for now.

"I haven't even been able to wrap my mind around [pitching in the big leagues] yet. I know I'm throwing Monday, and I'm just trying to take it a day at a time. I feel good now, so I'll be pushing to get on a mound as soon as I can."

At least Hughes has had something to cheer about lately. His Tampa Bay Lightning have evened the NHL's Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Bruins at two games apiece.

"I'm watching a lot more baseball," Hughes said. "It's not really what I want to be doing. I'd rather be out there."

Dickerson cleared to play after concussion

NEW YORK -- The most frightening part of Chris Dickerson's hit-by-pitch on Wednesday came later, as the Yankees outfielder heard a replay that captured the crack of the baseball against his batting helmet.

Dickerson suffered a concussion, and as he was cleared to return to action on Saturday he was curious as to why his helmet would shatter from the impact of a pitch thrown by the Orioles' Mike Gonzalez.

"It goes so fast," Dickerson said. "Like in the movies, you always talk about that split second where you have one clear thought: 'Oh my gosh, please don't hit me.'

"To look and see the snapped helmet -- they're not supposed to do that."

Dickerson said Major League Baseball cleared him for action on Saturday, having reviewed the results of tests he took on Friday in head athletic trainer Gene Monahan's office.

He took batting practice with the team and said the headaches, which persisted following the hit-by-pitch, are now gone.

Unlike Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli, Dickerson said he will not begin wearing the bulkier Rawlings S-100 helmet in the wake of the concussion.

Minor League Baseball has made use of the helmet mandatory for all players, but Dickerson said he prefers the more traditional model, which is still available at the big league level.

"After my Minor League stint, I'm so over that helmet," Dickerson said. "It's enormous."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @bryanhoch. Matt Fortuna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.