Bombers bits

• Reliever Mark Montgomery made his second appearance of the spring on Saturday, allowing one run. Manager Joe Girardi liked the depth of Montgomery's slider, and the right-hander seemed to spot his fastball better as the outing went along. There has been buzz that Montgomery could have an impact in the bullpen this season, though general manager Brian Cashman has said that there is no chance Montgomery will go north with the team in April.

• Right-hander Phil Hughes (bulging disk) is scheduled to resume playing catch on Sunday at Steinbrenner Field. His session will be supervised by pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

• Chris Stewart hit his first home run of the spring on Saturday, but the owner of four career big league blasts knows that he won't be reminding anyone of Jorge Posada or Russell Martin with the bat this season.

"That's not my goal," Stewart said. "My goal is to help the team win any way I can, and I think I can do that better behind the plate right now. I happened to get a good pitch, put a good swing on it and it went out. That's not what I'm going to try to do."

• Actor Richard Gere threw out Saturday's ceremonial first pitch.