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• With National League rules in play on Monday and Tuesday at Citi Field, the Yankees will have to pick their spots wisely to use Travis Hafner. The designated hitter is not capable of playing the field, making him essentially a pinch-hitter for one at-bat per night.

"That's a big bat to lose," Girardi said. "That's one of the things that you have to deal with when you're an American League team. ... You look for that one spot, that key spot in the game that you can use him and he really makes an impact."

• Entering play on Monday, the Yankees were 28-18 on Memorial Day since 1971, when the holiday first began to be celebrated on the last Monday in May. They are 7-4 on Memorial Day since 2000, and this marks the first time the Yankees have played an Interleague game on Memorial Day.

• Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson (fractured left fifth metacarpal) is scheduled to see a hand specialist on Tuesday in New York to better determine his timetable for recovery. Early estimates have indicated that Granderson will miss at least four weeks.

• Left-hander Francisco Rondon, designated for assignment on Friday, has been outrighted to Double-A Trenton.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for
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