Soriano has 1,000 hits in each league
Alfonso Soriano joined exclusive company with his second-inning single Monday night off Mets righthander Bartolo Colon. The line drive into center field was Soriano’s 1,000th hit in the American League. He had 1,077 hits in his years in the National League with the Nationals and the Cubs and became the seventh player in history to get 1,000 hits in each league.
The list Soriano joined is pretty impressive. It includes two Hall of Famers in Frank Robinson and Dave Winfield and two possible future Hall of Famers in Vlad Guerrero and Fred McGriff. The others are Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Lee.
Sori moved into another category all by himself. He is the only player in history with at least 1,000 hits, 500 runs, 500 runs batted in, 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases in each league, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Soriano’s hit was one of three straight singles by the Yankees between knocks by Brian McCann and Yangervis Solarte. Soriano and Solarte both singled off first-pitch fastballs from Colon, who nearly got out of the jam as Kelly Johnson struck out and Brian Roberts lined out sharply to first baseman Lucas Duda.
Colon tried another first-pitch fastball on Brett Gardner and paid for it. Gardner got all of it and drove the ball off the wall in front of the right field bleachers for his second career grand slam and a 4-1 Yankees lead. With Mark Teixeira, the team home run leader (7) out of the lineup, the salami by Gardner was a welcome slice of power.