• Girardi said the competition among the extra men -- including Yangervis Solarte, Dean Anna and Eduardo Nunez -- has been fierce.
"Our utility guys have played really, really good. Tremendous. All of them. The dust isn't settling. The wind is blowing harder. Competition is great. I love it," he said.
Anna was unavailable Wednesday with a stiff neck.
• The Yankees committed three errors in the first four innings on Wednesday, including two charged to third baseman Kelly Johnson, but none resulted in runs.
• The Yankees will continue to be cautious with infielder Brendan Ryan, who has been bothered by lower back inflammation.
"We've been very careful, so why stop? They keep telling me to be patient. It's just something we're being very careful with since it's a back thing," Ryan said.
Girardi's prediction on Ryan's return: "I think we'll have a player next week."
• Prior to Wednesday's game, left-hander Nik Turley and outfielder Slade Heathcott were optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, and catcher Gary Sanchez was optioned to Double-A Trenton.
Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.