Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• With all right-handers scheduled to start for the Tigers, Eric Chavez will get a day off from playing third base during this four-game series in Detroit, Girardi said.

"You look at the way he's played -- defensively, offensively -- he's held up pretty good," Girardi said.

• The Yankees' 14 strikeouts against Verlander on Monday were their most against a single pitcher since Pedro Martinez recorded 17 strikeouts for the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 10, 1999.

• On this date in 1962, Tony Kubek hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat after returning from military service, leading the Yankees to a 14-1 win over the Twins. On this date in 2007, Joba Chamberlain made his Major League debut, throwing two scoreless innings in a 9-2 Yankees win at Toronto.