ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Jacoby Ellsbury said it's only a matter of time.

For the Yankees, it's more like any time now, Jacoby.

The slumping centerfielder endured another 0-fer Tuesday night, going 0-for-4 in the 6-3 loss, making Ellsbury hitless in his last 25 at-bats.

"I come in early, I'm working hard with the hitting coaches," Ellsbury said afterward. "I've worked too hard not to have success. I know it's going to come soon."

Before the game, Joe Girardi said he didn't plan to give the 32-year-old centerfielder a day or two off to clear his head.

"I feel I'm an everyday player," Ellsbury said. "You just find a way to have success and that's what I've done throughout my career. You're going to go through spells, but you continue to work hard, put the time in and guys that do that typically have the results there . . . It's just a matter of time."

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Bone bruise for A-Rod

An MRI on Tuesday on Alex Rodriguez's left knee, banged up Sunday when he slid into home plate, showed a bone bruise, the Yankees said before the game. A-Rod took batting practice and went 1-for-3, with his 32nd home run.

Rodriguez, 40, is on another tear, posting a .290/.333/.742 slash line in his previous eight games, with four home runs and seven RBIs. Girardi said he attributes part of the stretch to the time off A-Rod had Aug. 28-30 in Atlanta, where there was no DH.

"You look at Alex's age, it probably helped him a lot, helped him to bounce back a little bit and feel fresh," Girardi said. "He's hot right now and we want to keep him that way. He's probably going to get some days off this weekend [at Citi Field] and hopefully that will carry him through the rest of the year."