Bombers bits

• Brett Gardner received a day off on Wednesday, as Girardi said he wanted to spread around the days off against left-handed pitching. Girardi said that Ichiro Suzuki has been swinging a hot bat (11-for-27 over his last seven games), which also factored into his start on Wednesday against lefty Erik Bedard.

• Chien-Ming Wang turned in another solid outing for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, holding the Charlotte Knights to a run on six hits over seven innings. Girardi said he is not receiving detailed reports just yet on Wang, who has a 0.95 ERA in 19 innings, but will "slowly investigate how he's doing."

• Girardi said that Ronnier Mustelier, who was in competition this spring for a roster spot with the big league club, has been promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is expected to play there on Thursday.

• On this date in 1920, Babe Ruth hit his first homer as a Yankee, a solo shot off Herb Pennock of the Red Sox at the Polo Grounds. On this date in 1996, Gerald Williams tied a Yankees franchise record by stroking six hits in a 15-inning, 11-6 win at Baltimore.

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.