Bombers bits

• Rehabbing left-hander CC Sabathia reported no issues on Sunday, one day after throwing 2 1/3 innings in a start for Class A Advanced Tampa. He will throw a bullpen session at Yankee Stadium on Monday, and the Yankees are looking to try to move his next rehab start closer to New York.

Brian McCann's .224 batting average entering play on Sunday is below what both the Yankees and the five-time Silver Slugger Award winner would have expected, but Girardi believes that McCann has played better than many are giving him credit for.

"If you were to look solely at how our staff has done, his RBI totals [36] and his home runs [nine], you'd probably say, 'You know what? He's having a pretty good year,'" Girardi said.

"When you look at that average, that's kind of glaring. I think people say, 'He's not having the year that he's capable of.' I know he expects more from himself, but some of the important numbers he's doing a pretty good job at."

• On this date in 1987, the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays, 15-14, at Toronto's Exhibition Stadium behind a pair of grand slams hit by Don Mattingly and Dave Winfield.

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