Bombers bits

• Because of rain in Tampa, Fla., Michael Pineda's simulated game was moved indoors on Thursday morning. The rehabbing right-hander threw 30 pitches, facing no hitters. He will progress to throwing three innings or 45 pitches against hitters in five days.

Derek Jeter was out of the Yankees' lineup on Thursday; Girardi said that it was a regular day off and that if it had been a night game, Jeter probably would have played.

• On this date in 1983, the Yankees and Royals played the infamous George Brett "Pine Tar" game. The Yankees' 4-3 victory was only temporary, as the game ended in protest and was resumed on Aug. 18, when the Royals completed a 5-4 win.

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