WASHINGTON -- David Robertson had the ideal situation to work back into a big league game, and the Yankees right-hander took advantage by knocking off a little rust.
Robertson allowed a ninth-inning run in New York's 7-2 win over the Nationals on Friday, but he felt no stiffness in his left oblique, which provides the Yankees with an additional boost of relief.
"I gave up [a run], but in a situation where it really doesn't matter," Robertson said. "I still finished the ballgame; felt good. I'm ready for the next one. I came out of it in one piece."
Michael Morse slugged a leadoff double and scored on a groundout against Robertson, who hadn't pitched in a big league game since May 11 at Seattle. He made two Minor League rehab appearances for the nomadic Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club.
"I'm very excited to be back here pitching in the big leagues," Robertson said. "It's a little better than Batavia, [N.Y.]."
A-Rod gets scheduled day off, feels 'great'
WASHINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez was out of the Yankees' starting lineup on Saturday for a scheduled day off, his third time not being in New York's lineup this season, but he glowed that his body has been feeling "great."
"I'm giddy when I get up in the morning," Rodriguez said. "It's nice to wake up and make it be about baseball. I've had more work with [hitting coach] Kevin [Long] this year than probably the last combined two years. That's great.
"When it's only about baseball and you have to answer baseball questions, whether you're good or you're bad ... it's just about the game, and that's a lot of fun."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that it has been positive to not have to worry about injuries thus far with Rodriguez, who has played in 62 games this year. Rodriguez entered Saturday batting .276 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs.
"It's been great," Girardi said. "We talked about one of the big things was trying to keep him healthy for us during the course of the year. With the absence of Gardy [left fielder Brett Gardner], we've been able to DH him a lot more than we would have. It has probably helped keep him on the field."
Rodriguez said that he feels healthy enough to play 20 days in a row if needed, a level of confidence that comes from his stronger legs. As partial proof, he is 6-for-6 in steal attempts this year, his most stolen bases since he swiped 14 bags in 2009.
"Seeing me go first to third -- I haven't been able to do that probably in the last 16 months," Rodriguez said. "I'm stealing bags when I need to. Overall, I just think the ball feels good coming off the bat.
"Anytime you see an athlete, whether it's boxing or anything, it always goes back to your legs and your core. If your legs are not under you and you're not running around well and moving around well, then that's going to trickle down to every aspect of your game."
A-Rod forever linked with all-time great Foxx
WASHINGTON -- Alex Rodriguez doesn't know much about Jimmie Foxx, except for the fact that he must be in some pretty good company with the Hall of Famer.
Rodriguez tied Foxx on baseball's all-time RBI list on Friday with his 1,924th RBI, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, and the name has been a familiar one throughout the course of Rodriguez's career.
"F-O-X-X, right?" Rodriguez said. "Any time I did anything special as a young player, it was always on pace with Foxx. Foxx did it a little younger. So I've always been intrigued by this Foxx guy."
Foxx played 20 seasons with the Athletics, Red Sox, Cubs and Phillies from 1925-45. A fearsome slugger whose best seasons came in Philadelphia with the A's and in Boston, Foxx had been baseball's youngest player to reach 500 home runs before Rodriguez bested him in 2007.
"I was compared to him in everything I did when I was young," Rodriguez said. "Now Bryce [Harper] has to worry about that."
Yanks agree with second-round pick, 16 others
WASHINGTON -- The Yankees have agreed to terms with center fielder Austin Aune, a second-round Draft pick, on a contract worth $1 million.
Aune signed off on a deal worth more than the $548,400 slot recommendation for the 89th overall pick of the Draft. He posted a .447 batting average, hit eight home runs and had 41 RBIs during his senior season for Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas.
The Yankees have also agreed with the following picks:
Right-hander Nick Goody (sixth round); right-hander Taylor Garrison (seventh round); center fielder Taylor Dugas (eighth round); right-hander Derek Varnadore (ninth round); first baseman Matt Snyder (10th round); left-hander Caleb Frare (11th round); catcher Chris Breen (12th round); left-hander James Pazos (13th round); right-hander Andrew Benak (14th round); right-hander Stefan Lopez (16th round); left-hander Timothy Flight (17th round); left-hander Dietrich Enns (19th round); outfielder Danny Oh (27th round); first baseman Saxon Butler (33rd round); left-hander Eric Erickson (34th round) and right-hander Charles Basford (37th round).
Girardi became the 123rd manager to reach the 500-wins plateau on Friday. At 500-373, he is the first to reach 500 wins with fewer than 380 losses since Davey Johnson, who recorded his 500th win with 329 losses with the Mets on April 29, 1989.
Yankees left-hander Boone Logan entered play on Saturday having compiled 10 consecutive scoreless outings since May 22, spanning five innings.
On this date in 1977, Ron Guidry allowed three hits and two walks, throwing the first of 26 career shutouts by blanking the Royals, 7-0, at Yankee Stadium. The game lasted just two hours and two minutes.