Brett Gardner expects to be back sooner than later

BALTIMORE -- New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner thinks he will be back soon, maybe even as early as Tuesday, after being lifted from Monday's game with a sore wrist.

Gardner was hit on the right wrist in the first inning. It was the second time this season he has been hit in nearly the same spot.

On Monday, Gardner stayed in the game, telling Joe Girardi he was fine. By the seventh inning, though, his wrist was so stiff he informed Girardi that the team would be better served if someone else batted in his place. Stephen Drew did and hit a grand slam to win the game.

X-rays on Gardner's wrist were negative. It sounded as if Girardi would likely hold him out of the lineup on Tuesday, but Wednesday could be a possibility. Of course, with a day off on Thursday, Girardi may just give Gardner until Friday to get it right.

Rodriguez on Bonds: Alex Rodriguez, who had an uneventful night on his return to third base, was gracious that Barry Bonds supported him, but wasn't going to go into many details.

"Anyone who supports me at this point is well appreciated," Rodriguez said. "It is not taken for granted, that's for sure, but my focus continues to stay between the lines."

Betting on Dellin: Dellin Betances agreed with Girardi that Betances is just a "tick off." Betances had another uneven outing, though he was not charged with a run in his inning and did record a big bases loaded strikeout of Chris Davis. Still, he walked two guys and allowed two hits.

Murphy's Law: Girardi cited John Ryan Murphy for his fine work behind the plate. What was particularly compelling for Girardi was Murphy throwing out Adam Jones at second with no outs in the eighth and the Yankees up a run.