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• With righty Scott Carroll on the mound Saturday, Girardi penciled in a left-handed-heavy lineup, sitting Derek Jeter for a "typical off-day," and pairing Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner, respectively, at the top of the order.

"[Gardner] is a guy who really works the count and [Jacoby's] on and had a chance to do some things. They sent their left-handed reliever [Eric Surkamp] out, so I don't have to worry about stacking lefties today."

Ellsbury and Gardner combined to go 0-for-8, but the middle of the lineup delivered in the 5-3 victory.

‪• Carlos Beltran made his return as designated hitter in the fifth spot since sitting out three games with elbow soreness. He hit his 15th home run leading off the sixth and finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. 

"I haven't talked to him [today], but I talked to him last night," said Girardi. "We thought about pinch-hitting him last night. That's how encouraged we were. If he comes in and I see him and he says, 'My arm doesn't feel good,' then I'll switch it."

‪• With Saturday's victory, the Yankees have come from behind in 13 of their last 17 victories.

Jake Kring-Schreifels is an associate reporter for
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