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• The Yankees had some laughs at Brendan Ryan's expense after the infielder crumpled to the ground after being hit in the elbow by a breaking ball in the ninth inning of Friday's 7-0 win over the A's. Ryan stayed in the game and X-rays were negative.

"I know I'm going to be subject to a lot of flak from the guys, I'm sure. Deservedly so," Ryan said. "It hit the funny bone. My fingers curled up. I couldn't move my fingers, and the whole thing was like on fire.

"It's just embarrassing it was on a curveball, you know? I don't think I've ever reacted like that to a breaking ball."

• Saturday marks right-hander Chase Whitley's 25th birthday.

• On this date in 1953, the Yankees swept a doubleheader from the Indians at Cleveland Stadium, giving them their 17th and 18th consecutive victories. It was also the Yanks' 14th and 15th straight road wins, setting a franchise record that still stands today.

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