If age wasn't going to sink the Yankees this year, injuries were supposed to. At least, that was the narrative that surrounded the team coming into the season, the noise and storyline that the veteran roster was challenged to ignore and block out.

The Yankees' disabled list showcases a higher payroll than several Major League clubs, and no one has yet tried to fudge the birth certificates in the team's offices. But as the Yanks hit Thursday's off-day seven games above .500, they did so as a club that has beaten the odds and stunned the doubters -- for now.

"I think we've done a good job," designated hitter Travis Hafner said. "Our pitching has been outstanding. I think we've swung the bats pretty well, too. I think we feel good about April, and we're just looking to keep it going."

The Yankees were 16-10 in the season's first month, a mark that looks even better when you consider they lost four of their first five games. Newcomers like Hafner -- in his first season in pinstripes and planted into the heart of the batting order -- have been a big reason why.

Robinson Cano hit his team-leading eighth home run in Wednesday's win over the Astros, but he hasn't had to provide the thunder alone. Hafner, Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Brennan Boesch have combined to hit 18 of the Yanks' American League-leading 38 homers while collecting 46 of their 110 RBIs.

While Hafner wasn't supposed to be replacing the likes of Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson in the meat of the order, he was at least always envisioned to be in the clubhouse, inked to a one-year deal as one of the "big hairy monsters" that general manager Brian Cashman talks about -- left-handed bats with patience and power. That describes Hafner's impact nicely.

"You just see that his approach is good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He's been great in that four-hole for us. With all the people that we've had out, he's really done a good job in our lineup."