Bombers bits

• The Yankees fielded a new-look lineup on Sunday, with Brett Gardner leading off and Jacoby Ellsbury hitting third. Girardi said that the lineup was a result of wanting to give Carlos Beltran a day off.

• On this date in 1973, the Yankees' Ron Blomberg became the first designated hitter in Major League history. Batting in the bottom of the first inning at Fenway Park, Blomberg worked a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant and finished the day 1-for-3. The Yankees lost to the Red Sox, 15-5.

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.