• Vernon Wells started at first base for the first time in his career Monday against the White Sox.
"We've worked him out there, 10, 12 times over the course of this year and we're trying to get his bat in the lineup," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We're using all of our left-handers, because left-handers have had success, our outfielders. It's a day [off] that I can give Lyle [Overbay] and we're going to see three lefties [in the White Sox series], and it's something I think Vernon can do."
• Curtis Granderson, who grew up in Lynwood, Ill., hosted a pregame meet-and-greet for 36 Little Leaguers from Lynwood and nearby Lansing -- where he played Little League -- at U.S. Cellular Field. On Thursday, Granderson will team up with Grand Kids Foundation to host the inaugural Grand Kids Little League All Star Game at the Lansing Sports Complex.
Granderson said he wants to teach the youngsters "hard work, leadership, failure, picking yourself right back up, goal-setting, teamwork, hand-eye coordination, physical fitness, being outside and being active, all those different things, and just to run around and have fun."
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyBal9. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.