Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• In Wednesday's 12-8 victory over the Tigers, the Yankees hit just one home run -- Curtis Granderson's three-run shot -- marking the first time the Yankees had scored 12 or more runs with just one homer since Sept. 13, 2009, when they beat the Orioles 13-3 with only a Hideki Matsui home run.

The last time it had happened on the road was on Sept. 1, 2008, when a Johnny Damon home run was part of a 13-9 win over the Tigers at Comerica Park.

• Chavez is batting .462 (12-for-26) with three homers and eight RBIs over his last eight games entering play on Thursday.

• On this date in 1919, Ralph Houk was born in Lawrence, Kan. He played eight seasons as a backup catcher (1947-54) with the Yankees, then managed the Yankees for 11 seasons (1961-63, '66-73), winning the '61 and '62 World Series titles.