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Carlos Beltran to be activated

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Carlos Beltran

Alex Rodriguez of the Yankees and Carlos Beltran #36 talk before a game with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on July 10, 2015 in Boston. Credit: Getty Images / Jim Rogash

The Yankees could have a more potent lineup and deeper bench Sunday when Carlos Beltran returns from the disabled list.

Joe Girardi said after the game that the rightfielder will be activated following his rehab assignment for a left oblique strain. The manager did not say who will be moved to make room.

Before the game Saturday, Bryan Mitchell was sent down to Scranton and replaced by fellow righthanded pitcher Branden Pinder. Girardi said it was not a reflection on Mitchell, at least not a bad one. He is being dispatched so he can start ballgames and "stretch out" to go longer in case the Yankees need him to be an emergency starter down the stretch.

A-Rod has off day

Alex Rodriguez has come through so often for the Yankees this season, including a game-winning home run Friday, that it was surprising to see him strike out three times against starter Hisashi Iwakuma. The one in the sixth inning was most costly, stifling a budding rally after Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner hit no-out singles.

Rodriguez did not speak with the media afterward, but Mark Teixeira summed up his teammate's day, saying, "That's baseball, man."

McCann: Here's catch

Brian McCann was second-guessing himself for asking Michael Pineda to throw fastballs to Robinson Cano, who hit two for home runs.

McCann did hit a homer of his own -- 30 of his 38 as a Yankee have come in the Bronx -- and nearly had another. He and Girardi both said a shot to center in the sixth had possibilities.

It would have been a three-run home run but turned into an inning-ending out. "I just didn't catch the barrel like I wanted to," he said.

Extra bases

Stephen Drew, who has at least temporarily lost his starting second base job to Rob Refsnyder, is not putting up a fuss. Girardi said: "You know what? He has been as good as anyone I've ever been around, the way he has handled this season. We talked about what he needed to do, the different spots that he played and he just talked about helping this team win. He has been great." . . . Nelson Cruz's groundout in the top of the first became a single after an instant and alert call for a review by third-base coach Rich Donnelly, former manager of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

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