The Yankees used their A lineup on Tuesday, and it included Brett Gardner in the No. 9 hole. Gardner seems to be leading the race for the third outfield spot. He’s hitting below .200 and hasn’t stolen a base, but he’s struck out only twice and has two bunt singles, showing improvement in two key parts of his offensive game.
Also on Tuesday, the Yankees officially hired Kevin Towers as a member of their scouting department. The notebook also has items on Phil Hughes pitching well, A.J. Burnett pitching not so well and Mariano Rivera pitching at all. There’s also a note on Joba Chamberlain’s scheduled outing this afternoon and individual tickets going on sale Friday.