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• Infielder Jayson Nix was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and outfielder Melky Mesa was released to make room for Sunday's callups on the 40-man roster. Mesa, perhaps once a candidate to get called up in September, was dealing with a hamstring injury.

• Rodriguez was back in the Yankees' lineup on Sunday after missing Saturday's game with flu-like symptoms.

Eduardo Nunez was also back in the Yankees' lineup after missing three games with a knee injury suffered Tuesday against the Blue Jays. He played shortstop, with Derek Jeter serving as the designated hitter. Girardi said he expects Nunez to be "100 percent."

• The Yankees entered Sunday with sole possession of third place in the AL Wild Card standings, trailing the second-place Rays by 3 1/2 games. The Yankees have three games remaining against the Rays this season.

"You feel better, but you still know you can't really afford many slip-ups," Girardi said. "But you get to a certain point and continue to make up some ground, and your destiny is going to be in your own control."

• The Yankees helped the Alzheimer's Association launch "Worldwide Alzheimer's Awareness Month" on Sunday, hosting a pregame ceremony that included former University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt.

Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for
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