Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Yankees captain Derek Jeter has been in text message contact with several players on the club, as well as Girardi, during the ALCS. Jeter is in Charlotte, N.C., awaiting left ankle surgery to be performed on Saturday.

• The Yankees expect Boone Logan to be available for Game 4 after throwing 2 1/3 innings of relief in Game 3. There had been a question about his availability before Wednesday's rainout.

• Through eight postseason games, the Yankees' team ERA was 2.25, the 10th best for a single postseason in team history. It is the lowest mark since the Yankees' 1.60 team ERA in their five-game World Series win over the Reds in 1961.

The problem, and this should be no surprise by now, has been the hitting. The Yankees' team batting average through eight games was .200 (58-for-290); only two Yankees clubs have finished the postseason lower. Those honors go to the 1962 Yankees (.199), who defeated the Giants, 4-3, in the World Series, and the '63 Yankees (.171), who lost to the Dodgers, 4-0, in the World Series.