Bombers bits

• As part of his 'Mo'ment of Thanks farewell tour, Mariano Rivera met with 20 of the Yankees' longest season-ticket holders on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, conducting a Q&A session. Each participant received a baseball autographed by Rivera.

• On this date in 1923, the Yankees signed 19-year-old Lou Gehrig to a professional contract out of Columbia University. On this date in 1939, Gehrig played in the last of his 2,130 consecutive games, going 0-for-4 in a 3-2 loss to the Senators at Yankee Stadium. Gehrig asked manager Joe McCarthy to be removed from the lineup on May 2 at Detroit and would not play in another Major League game.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.