Bombers bits

Kelly Johnson is scheduled to start at first base on Sunday when the Yankees entertain the Rays in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Johnson has played three big league games at first base in his career, but said he recently got some tips about the position from Teixeira.

"It would be a lot weirder if I was a little bit younger, a little bit newer in the game," Johnson said. "I've been around just enough to feel a little more comfortable in doing it and handling it."

• Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan will be sidelined until at least the middle of next week with what Girardi has described as a lower back or oblique issue.

"We think he'll be fine next week," Girardi said. "The MRIs came out good, so we think he'll be fine. We're probably being a little cautious because we can."

• Girardi thought about testing the new replay system during Saturday's game when Brett Gardner was robbed of a fifth-inning hit by right fielder George Springer.

Girardi huddled with the umpires to discuss the play, and while there was no official review, their discussion was long enough for Girardi to hear from his dugout that replays showed Springer had caught the ball.

"I'm not going to challenge just to challenge," Girardi said. "That doesn't make a lot of sense to me, because you're not going to do that during the season. I want to do what we're going to do during the season."

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.