Bombers bits

• Yankees right-hander David Robertson (left hamstring) is improving, but Girardi said that he still does not expect to use him in a game until Tuesday against the Rockies in Denver.

• Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova (right triceps strain) played catch on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. Nova is expected to travel to Tampa, Fla., after Sunday's game to continue his rehab.

• Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Youkilis are also among those expected to report to Tampa after the homestand, while Curtis Granderson started participating in extended spring games on Wednesday.

• On this date in 1929, Lou Gehrig hit three home runs, going 4-for-4 with 13 total bases and four RBIs in an 11-9 win over the White Sox.

• On this date in 1981, Yankees reliever Ron Davis struck out eight consecutive Angels to record a save in a 4-2 win in Anaheim, tying a then-American League record for consecutive strikeouts in a game. The Tigers' Doug Fister broke the record with nine last Sept. 27.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.