Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Ivan Nova will definitely pitch in one of the games of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Blue Jays, Girardi said, though he has not decided where to slot Phil Hughes. Girardi said that Hughes "could pitch either Tuesday or Wednesday depending on how this weekend works out."

• The Yankees will play each of their next 16 games, as well as 33 of their 42 remaining games, against American League East competition.

• Yankees third-base coach Rob Thomson turned 50 on Friday.

• On this date in 1948, Babe Ruth passed away at the age of 53 from cancer, just over two months after his final visit to Yankee Stadium, when his uniform No. 3 was retired. Ruth's body was laid in state at the entrance of Yankee Stadium for two days.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for 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.