Bombers bits

• Pineda continues to show progress in his rehab from a right shoulder injury. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild watched Pineda throw a bullpen session over the All-Star break in Tampa, Fla., issuing a positive report. A mid-August return to the big league rotation remains in play at this time.

• Girardi applauded the way Major League Baseball handled Jeter's final All-Star Game.

"I thought it was great -- how it was handled, just everything involved. It was a very good game, too, as well," Girardi said.

• On this date in 1999, David Cone pitched the third perfect game in Yankees history, a 6-0 gem over the Expos at Yankee Stadium. Don Larsen threw out the game's ceremonial first pitch on Yogi Berra Appreciation Day.

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.