Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• 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.