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• Infielder Jayson Nix was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and outfielder Melky Mesa was released to make room for Sunday's callups on the 40-man roster. Mesa, perhaps once a candidate to get called up in September, was dealing with a hamstring injury.

• Rodriguez was back in the Yankees' lineup on Sunday after missing Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms.

Eduardo Nunez was also back in the Yankees' lineup after missing three games with a knee injury suffered Tuesday against the Blue Jays. He played shortstop, with Derek Jeter serving as the designated hitter. Girardi said he expects Nunez to be "100 percent."

• The Yankees entered Sunday with sole possession of third place in the AL Wild Card standings, trailing the second-place Rays by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees have three games remaining against the Rays this season.

"You feel better, but you still know you can't really afford many slip-ups," Girardi said. "But you get to a certain point and continue to make up some ground, and your destiny is going to be in your own control."

• The Yankees helped the Alzheimer's Association launch "Worldwide Alzheimer's Awareness Month" on Sunday, hosting a pregame ceremony that included former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.