Robinson Cano's two-run double in the eighth inning on Sunday was his 1,000th career hit, coming in his 3,232nd career at-bat.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two "homegrown" Yankees in the expansion era collected 1,000 hits in fewer at-bats than Cano: Don Mattingly (3,042) and Derek Jeter (3,112).
"He's a great young hitter," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And he seems to be getting better and better."
Cano is only 27 years old, and came up with the Yankees in 2005. At this rate, he seems like a prime candidate to reach 3,000 career hits if he stays healthy.
"I'm the kind of guy that, you know what? I look at my stats and see how I'm doing," Cano said. "I'm not going to lie."
Cano said he's not focused on the 3,000-hit mark right now -- his next target is 1,500.
"It's every player's dream to get to 1,000 hits," Cano said. "Today my dream came true."
HUGHES NUMBERS: Phil Hughes earned his 12th win of the season on Sunday, pitching 5 1/3 innings before the two-hour, 32-minute rain delay, giving up three runs on six hits.
"He missed a couple spots with his fastball, but he limited damage and did a nice job," Girardi said of Hughes.
Hughes did give up two home runs, including a monster shot by Rick Ankiel that hit the bottom of the third deck in right field.
And, check out this stat: Hughes has now allowed 15 home runs on the season, and every single one of them has been hit at Yankee Stadium.
"I don't know why," Hughes said. "I know I'm pitching a lot better on the road than I am here ... I really can't give you an answer to that."
ON THE MARK: Mark Teixeira has now reached base safely in 41 consecutive games (since June 6) -- that's a career high. It's the longest stretch by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez in 2004. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it also ties Cincinnati's Joey Votto for the longest streak in the major leagues this season.
JOBA WOES: Joba Chamberlain had another rough outing on Sunday -- with the game still in question at 7-3 in the eighth inning, Chamberlain came in and immediately walked the Royals' No. 9 hitter, Chris Getz. Then he surrendered a two-run homer to Scott Podsednik, before retiring the next three batters.
"He wasn't sharp the first couple of hitters," Girardi said. "When you come out of the bullpen, you need to be sharp right away or you can get yourself in trouble."
"My arm felt fine, my arm felt good with all my pitches," Chamberlain said. "I understand I have to be better, and I have to get better."
Girardi was asked if he might consider using David Robertson in the eighth-inning role going forward, instead of Chamberlain.
"If it's something that we have to do, it's something that we'll address," Girardi said.
ON MONDAY...: The Yankees will be in Cleveland to play the Indians at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Javier Vazquez (8-7, 4.68 ERA), who turned 34 on Sunday, will throw for the Yankees. Right-hander Jake Westbrook (6-6, 4.74 ERA) -- widely rumored to be on the trading block, and a possible candidate to be traded to the Yankees -- will throw for the Indians.