Yankees catcher Russell Martin returned to the lineup on Monday after sitting out Sunday's series finale at Oakland with a stiff neck. Martin said he suffered the injury lifting weights on Saturday.
Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitcher Ramon Ortiz was named the International League Pitcher of the Week for May 21-27. Ortiz, 39, was 2-0 with a 1.23 ERA in starts against Columbus and Buffalo.
The Yankees entered play on Monday 21-17 on Memorial Day since 1971, when the holiday began to be celebrated following the National Holiday Act of 1971. They did not play on Memorial Day in 1973, 2004 or 2005.
On this date in 1946, Yankee Stadium hosted its first night game as a crowd of 49,917 watched the Yankees lose to the Washington Senators, 2-1.