Bombers bits

Bombers bits

•  Girardi said that he would prefer to use Alex Rodriguez as a designated hitter on Sunday, rather than give Rodriguez an extended break with Monday's day off.

"I don't think we have the luxury of giving people two days off, but we'll see how he feels," Girardi said.

Rodriguez has served as the DH in four straight games to protect a tight left hamstring. He said that he will not be able to play third base until Tuesday at Toronto, at the earliest.

•  With Brendan Ryan's home run on Saturday at Fenway Park, the Yankees have had a Major League-leading 23 different players hit home runs this season. That sets a new franchise record, surpassing the marks of 22 set in 1965 and equaled in 2000.

•  On this date in 1999, the Yankees tied a then-team record by hitting two grand slams in the same game, with Bernie Williams and Paul O'Neill clubbing blasts in a 10-6 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.