Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Jeter entered play on Monday with a .344 lifetime average (11-for-32) against Tigers ace Justin Verlander, the fourth-highest average among Major Leaguers with at least 30 at-bats against the right-hander.

"I'm sure he enjoys the challenge," Girardi said.

Catching prospect Austin Romine was promoted to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday. Sidelined for most of this season by a back injury, Romine will join Francisco Cervelli with the Yankees' highest farm club. Girardi expects to have a third catcher in September when rosters expand but wouldn't commit to Cervelli being that choice.

Girardi said that he has not spoken to Cervelli this season. Cervelli was upset to be sent down at the end of Spring Training when the club acquired Chris Stewart from the Giants.

"I don't think I have, but we keep in communication and I check with people who go down and watch him play, and they said he's playing pretty well," Girardi said. "He has the energy back there, and he's doing a good job."

• On this date in 1979, Bobby Murcer talked manager Billy Martin into putting him into the Yankees' lineup after delivering an emotional eulogy at Thurman Munson's funeral in Canton, Ohio. Murcer hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning and a two-run single in the ninth, accounting for all five runs in a 5-4 comeback win over the Orioles.