Bombers bits

Bombers bits

• Right-hander Preston Claiborne was optioned to Class A Tampa after Sunday's game, clearing a roster spot for Jeter.

Girardi explained that the Yankees wanted to keep two long men in Adam Warren and David Huff, and since Tampa's season ends on Sept. 1, Claiborne can be recalled the next day.

• Rodriguez batted sixth on Monday. Girardi wanted to split up left-handers so he did not have to stack Granderson, Overbay and Ichiro Suzuki against Toronto's R.A. Dickey.

• On this date in 1960, the Yankees hit five home runs -- including Yogi Berra's 11th inning walk-off shot -- to beat the Indians, 7-6.

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.