--One question about how much impact RHP Freddy Garcia could have on the Yankees came from his history of poor spring camps. "It was whether we could tolerate what we saw," GM Brian Cashman said. The Yankees are glad they did. Garcia is 3-4 with a 3.26 ERA and been "everything we needed and more," Cashman said. "He's allowing us to plug a major hole and answer our prayers. Obviously, the winter didn't go the way we wanted it, and you go from Plan A to maybe Plan C. One thing I knew about Freddy Garcia is that he would not be intimidated by this environment or this city, no way, no how. It was whether his stuff would be effective, and it is."
--The Yankees start a nine-game West Coast swing Thursday, but it may have some of the comforts of home. "It's going to be cold in Seattle and Oakland and it's going to rain, so it's going to be our type of weather," manager Joe Girardi said, a reference to the chilly, wet spring the Yanks have experienced in the Bronx.
--2B Robinson Cano already has five errors this season, two more than he had all of last year, but manager Joe Girardi says he still believes Cano is an elite defensive player. "The expectations of three errors every year probably aren't warranted," Girardi said. "I still think he's very, very good defensively. He's been beat up a little bit -- he's been hit in the leg, he's been hit in the head. Does any of it have anything to do with it? I don't know. But I expect that he's going to play great defensively all year long. He's had some balls that he hasn't made plays on, but that doesn't change my expectations of Robbie."
--The all-time hits list isn't the only leader board that Derek Jeter is moving up this year. Jeter, who at 2,976 hits is 24 away from the coveted 3,000-hit club, scored the 1,713th run of his career on Wednesday, passing Cap Anson for sole possession of 23rd place all-time, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Next up is Wee Willie Keeler at 1,720.
--Yankees relievers have allowed just 36 earned runs in 125 2/3 innings since April 7, an ERA of 2.57. It is the lowest mark in the American League over that span.
BY THE NUMBERS
314 -- Victories for Joe Girardi as Yankees manager after Wednesday's win. That pushed him past Buck Showalter for eighth place on the franchise's all-time list.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"He's been special in every way, to the point where I don't even know what to say. I'm at a loss for words for someone who has essentially done it all, and all he's doing is setting the bar higher and higher for no one to ever match. He's a one-pitch pitcher coming from a small fishing village in Panama; to have this type of success in one of the biggest cities of the world, it's incredible. And he's a great guy at the same time. He hasn't changed since he signed. This is a rare person." -- GM Brian Cashman, on closer Mariano Rivera after Rivera's 1,000th career appearance.
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