Bomber bits

Bomber bits

• Joe Girardi said he doesn't know if Mariano Rivera will be available to pitch on Thursday. The Yankees closer has pitched on back-to-back nights, throwing 13 pitches on Tuesday and 15 more during a four-out save on Wednesday.

• Despite the fact that the Yankees are trailing the Rays in the AL Wild Card standings, Girardi said he hasn't been watching Tampa Bay's games against the Angels on the West Coast this week.

"Not to completion. I check scores," Girardi said. "That's way too late."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.