Bombers bits

• Masahiro Tanaka has reported some improvement, according to Girardi, but it will still be another two weeks before Tanaka can resume throwing. Tanaka is in the early stages of a six-week rehab program intended to heal the partial tear of his right ulnar collateral ligament.

"He did say he feels better, but I don't think you really know how he's doing until you get him on a mound and you start going forward," Girardi said.

• On this date in 1957, Mickey Mantle hit for the cycle in a 10-6 win over the White Sox, becoming the eighth Yankee to accomplish the feat. Mantle went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored in the game.

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