NEW YORK -- Rehabbing right-hander Rafael Soriano pitched the seventh inning on Sunday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, giving up a leadoff home run before retiring the next three Syracuse batters he faced.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Sunday's 7-5 win over the A's that Soriano could pitch on Monday as well.

"We're looking at that," Girardi said. "I just want to see how he feels today. If he feels good after today and tomorrow, it is very possible he would pitch again on Monday."

Girardi said the quality of Soriano's outings will be the main factor in deciding when the reliever returns.

"We want to see him throwing the ball well and that his stuff is back," Girardi said. "I think that's important. So to say that if he goes back-to-back, is that all you have to see? No. We have to see the quality of the stuff more important than the back-to-back."

Soriano, who has been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation since May 27, threw a 16-pitch inning on Thursday for Class A Tampa, giving up one run on two hits.

Infielder Eric Chavez, meanwhile, went 1-for-2 with a two-run home run on Saturday as Tampa's designated hitter and was set to start there on Sunday.

Girardi said on Friday it was possible that both Soriano and Chavez -- who has been on the DL with a bone bruise in his left foot since May 6 -- could return to the Yankees during their current 10-game homestand.

"For both of them, things are looking up," Girardi said on Sunday.

Selective Swisher putting slump in past

NEW YORK -- Growing up, one morsel of reliable advice that Nick Swisher tucked away for future use was to wait on meaty fastballs down the middle and crush them whenever possible.

It's a mindset that Swisher still boasts, offering that his plate approach is to "hit the heaters, bro." So when the A's Rich Harden came calling with a 2-0 fastball on Saturday, the result was predictable.

Swisher dented the third deck in right field with his 12th home run of the season, going deep for the second time in as many games, and it hasn't been all that out of character of late.

"I'm just being myself, man," Swisher said. "I don't feel like I'm doing anything different. I just feel like I'm being patient, waiting for my pitch and when I get it, I'm not missing."

Swisher entered Sunday hitting .333 (38-for-114) with seven homers and 29 RBIs over his last 32 games since June 14, raising his average to .261 from a season-low point of .204 on May 27.

"To me, he's just the hitter he was last year," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees would gladly sign up for that if it can last the rest of the season. Swisher hit a career-high .288 with 29 homers and 89 RBIs last year, but those aren't a target to shoot for.

"I couldn't care less about myself," Swisher said. "It's really about this team. I think we've been playing good baseball for the last week, and we've just got to keep things going."

Teammate Brett Gardner said he could tell that Swisher was due to turn it around.

"Several weeks ago, he wasn't swinging the bat that well, but he was getting a lot of walks," Gardner said. "You could tell he was really locked in and seeing the ball well, and you knew it was a matter of time before things started to click.

"He's had a little bit of bad luck this year. He's hit some balls in the gaps that have been run down, but it's been a lot of fun to watch."

'CC Challenge' now accepting entries

NEW YORK -- CC and Amber Sabathia will be hosting the CC Challenge on Aug. 8, when 30 teams of four will participate in a scavenger hunt for about three hours as they utilize clues and interviews with actors and real New Yorkers to get to the finish line.

"Amber and I invite everyone who thinks they fully understand New York to compete against us in this scavenger-hunt event," CC Sabathia said in a release. "We know there are going to be some tough clues, but it will be a fun day for all the teams, and most importantly, it supports the kids we are helping through our PitCCh In Foundation."

The event, modeled off the television show "Amazing Race," will benefit Sabathia's PitCCh In Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting inner-city youth through the funding and support of academic and athletic programs in New York and Northern California.

The deadline to enter the CC Challenge is 5 p.m. ET on Aug. 1, and it costs $2,000 per team. To sign up, visit

Bombers bits

• Yankees bench coach Tony Pena will be inducted into the Buffalo (N.Y.) Baseball Hall of Fame during a ceremony on Sunday prior to the Triple-A Bisons' game against Pawtucket. Pena played in 134 games for Buffalo in 1979, hitting .313 with 34 homers and 97 RBIs. His son, Tony Pena Jr. -- a reliever with Pawtucket -- will accept the honor in Pena's absence.

• Phil Hughes threw his regular bullpen session on Sunday and reported no problems after Friday's rough outing. Hughes topped out at 92 mph and had no swing-and-miss pitches on the 59 fastballs he threw, giving up seven runs on nine hits while walking four in the Yankees' 17-7 win over the Athletics. In three starts following his three-month disabled-list stint, Hughes is 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA.

• Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner entered Sunday successful in 26 of his last 30 stolen-base attempts since May 20, including 17 straight. That's the most by a Yankee since Alex Rodriguez stole 17 straight without being caught in 2007, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Monday will mark Yankees first base coach Mick Kelleher's 64th birthday.