Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• The Yankees are past the date when an acquisition could qualify for the postseason roster, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't consider the idea of picking up someone who could help them make the playoffs.

"I'm not actively looking, but I'm certainly open to doing anything that could benefit us," Cashman said. "But I think all our answers are right here."

• Right-hander Ivan Nova, on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation, is getting closer to game action, but the Yankees are not yet prepared to say what his next step is.

• Entering play on Wednesday, the Yankees had held a lead in seven of their last 10 losses and nine of their last 14. Since June 28, they had owned a lead in 20 of their 31 defeats.

• On this date in 2007, Alex Rodriguez hit two home runs in an eight-run seventh inning, leading the Yankees to a 10-2 win over the Mariners. It was the first two-homer inning by a Yankee since Cliff Johnson did it on June 30, 1977, at Toronto.