9/8/2013 7:25 P.M. ET
Facing southpaw, Gardner held out of lineup
By Josh Vitale / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- With the Yankees facing Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester, left-handed-hitting outfielder Brett Gardner was out of the starting lineup.
Gardner had started 12 consecutive games prior to Sunday and hasn't had a day off since Aug. 24 against the Rays.
Manager Joe Girardi said he liked the way some of the Yankees' other left-handed hitters matched up against Lester. Center fielder Curtis Granderson is a lifetime .281 hitter against Lester, while Gardner is just 2-for-11 against him in his career.
Girardi said he told Gardner to "be ready at any point," to enter Sunday's game. Gardner pinch-hit in the ninth inning, striking out against Brandon Workman.
Bruised foot might sideline Stewart a few days
NEW YORK -- Chris Stewart left Sunday's 4-3 win against the Red Sox after suffering a bruised left foot.
The Yankees catcher said he wasn't quite sure when he suffered the injury, but said it could have happened when he got hit by a pitch from Red Sox starter Jon Lester in the third inning.
Stewart said his foot started throbbing and he couldn't put much weight on it. X-rays taken of the foot came back negative and didn't show anything broken.
Stewart remained in the game until the sixth inning, saying he wanted to play as long as starter Hiroki Kuroda was still pitching. Kuroda's afternoon ended after six frames, and Austin Romine pinch-hit for Stewart in the bottom of the sixth and replaced him behind the plate in the seventh.
"It's nothing bad. It's mild," Stewart said. "I was able to get through it, get Hiro through the game, and that's what we were trying to do. Get that done and get somebody else in there."
He finished Sunday's game 1-for-1 with a single and a run scored.
Stewart said he will see how the foot feels Monday morning and go from there. He hopes to "be out there tomorrow," when the Yankees take on the Orioles in Baltimore.
Manager Joe Girardi was slightly less optimistic.
"We don't expect it to be too many days," Girardi said, "but it might be a couple."
After missing seven games, Kelley pitches
NEW YORK -- After missing seven games with triceps inflammation, Shawn Kelly was back on the mound for the Yankees on Sunday.
The right-handed reliever threw a scoreless seventh inning in the Yankees' 4-3 victory over the Red Sox, giving up two hits and striking out one.
"I knew I felt good. I was a little worried if, stuff-wise, the feel would be there, given the time off," Kelley said. "But I felt like I was right back where I left off."
Kelley gave up a one-out single to center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. and a two-out single to left fielder Jonny Gomes, giving the Red Sox runners on first and third for second baseman Dustin Pedroia. But Kelley got Pedroia to ground out to shortstop, ending the threat.
"With the situation and everything, once I got out there I was like, 'Man I just got to put a zero up here somehow,'" Kelley said. "I was just firing away and trying to get outs."
Kelley said his arm had felt "tight" when he left the game after the last few times he pitched, but his arm felt much better after Sunday's game.
"I feel great right now, and I expect to be out there back-to-back or three in a row if they need me," Kelley said. "I think we cleared up whatever it was."
David Robertson and Boone Logan were not available for the Yankees on Sunday, as both are still recovering from injuries. Robertson was diagnosed with shoulder tendinitis after pitching against the Red Sox in Thursday's loss, and Logan was found to have inflammation around his elbow after leaving Friday's game against the Red Sox.
Manager Joe Girardi said they would both get three complete days off before playing catch -- if they're ready to -- on the fourth day, and then the Yankees would go from there. On that schedule, Robertson would be able to play catch on Monday and Logan on Tuesday, and Girardi said he hoped one or both would be available sometime during the team's four-game series with the Orioles.
Logan wasn't sure if he would be ready to return in Baltimore. The left-hander said he received a cortisone injection in his arm on Saturday, which he said usually takes a couple of days to work. Asked if he would be available for the Yankees' series in Boston on Friday, Logan said it "would be nice."
• David Huff is still listed as the Yankees' starter on Thursday against Baltimore even though he gave up nine runs on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday. Girardi said he hasn't made any changes to the team's rotation.
• On this day in Yankees history, Babe Ruth hit his 300th career home run (Sept. 8, 1925) and Don Mattingly made his Major League debut as a defensive replacement in left field (Sept. 8, 1982).
• The Yankees had their rookies dress in a variety of wild costumes for the flight to Baltimore after Sunday's 4-3 win. The star of the show was Hiroki Kuroda's interpreter, Jiwon Bang, who dressed in the iconic blue tuxedo of "Gangnam Style" performer Psy. Brett Marshall donned a yellow suit like the one worn by Psy's sidekick in last summer's YouTube sensation.
The others: Preston Claiborne as Billy Ray Cyrus; JR Murphy as Justin Bieber; Cesar Cabral as Rick James and David Adams as Vanilla Ice.
Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.