Outfielder Brett Gardner took batting practice on Friday and is expected to do so again on Saturday, then will graduate to a simulated game on Sunday. Gardner hasn't played since April 17 because of a strained right elbow, but could return to the Yankees at the end of this month if he has no further setbacks.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he expects to "stand pat" with a five-man bench until CC Sabathia is activated for Tuesday's start. The Yankees added outfielder Darnell McDonald to the roster on July 6 after claiming him on waivers from the Red Sox.
Girardi said that it is "really encouraging" that right-hander Joba Chamberlain is set to pitch two innings in a Gulf Coast League game on Saturday morning. The Yankees are optimistic that Chamberlain could be in the Major League bullpen in August.
Brooklyn Nets All-Star guard Joe Johnson threw out Friday's ceremonial first pitch. Nets head coach Avery Johnson was planning to join the Bleacher Creatures for their first-inning roll call.
On this date in 1934, Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run, off the Tigers' Elden Auker, at Detroit's Navin Field.