Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Alex Rodriguez returned to third base on Friday, having battled a sore left foot since Tuesday. The Yankees used Eric Chavez as the designated hitter against Toronto hurler Chad Jenkins.

• Ivan Nova remains on track to make his scheduled start on Tuesday against the Red Sox, Girardi said, noting, "We haven't changed anything."

• The Yankees' pitching staff entered play on Friday with 1,269 strikeouts, a new franchise record. The previous franchise mark was 1,266, set by the 2001 Yankees, who were paced by Mike Mussina (214) and Roger Clemens (213).