Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Girardi rejected the suggestion that Phil Hughes could move from the rotation to help the Yankees' banged-up bullpen, saying the right-hander will be needed more in the starting five.

"We've talked about [how] he's starting to turn it around as a starter and he's giving us some distance," Girardi said. "That becomes very important."

• In his last eight games entering Tuesday, Robinson Cano was batting .469 (15-for-32) with four doubles, two homers and 10 RBIs. He had raised his season average from .255 to .303 over that stretch.

• On this date in 1941, Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak began with a single off Eddie Smith in a 13-1 loss to the White Sox at Yankee Stadium. DiMaggio would hit .408 (91-for-223) until going hitless on July 17 against the Indians.