NEW YORK -- Curtis Granderson hasn't officially been asked to take part in the State Farm Home Run Derby, but the Yankees slugger is willing to take a few hacks in the July 9 event at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
"I'll do it; I've got no problem with it," Granderson said. "I know I won't do [well], so if anyone's betting, don't pick me. That's for sure."
American League team captain Robinson Cano might not be convinced by Granderson's humble comments. Last year's Home Run Derby champion, Cano said that he planned on asking Granderson to take part.
Granderson entered play on Saturday with a team-leading 21 home runs, tied for fourth in the Majors. Granderson said his only prior experience with a home run-hitting contest came in a winter exhibition in Curacao, where he was ousted after hitting just two homers.
"I'll definitely try it," Granderson said. "As long as I hit one, I'll be happy. I just don't want to go out of there with a zero, and there's a good chance that'll happen."
The Yankees would certainly be interested observers; Brett Gardner, who is stationed in an adjacent locker at Citi Field, piped up and eagerly asked Granderson if he really plans to take part in the Home Run Derby.
"I just don't hit home runs in BP; I don't know," Granderson said. "I just can't do it. Some guys have the ability to do it, like Andruw Jones can do it, Cano can do it -- some guys just have the ability to go up there from the first swing and, 'Boom.'
"Josh Hamilton, I remember seeing in the All-Star Game last year, we just had batting practice and his first swing in Arizona goes off the batter's eye. No chance I could do that. My first swing would not go over the fence."
Still, while Granderson might not be able to run with the likes of Cano or Hamilton's 2008 display at the old Yankee Stadium, he knows there are plenty of people who would like to see him give it a try.
"I can understand, but I think there's natural power and then there's generated power," Granderson said. "My power comes from a combination of things; I need the pitcher to supply it. Some guys can just go up there and do it."
Fans can once again participate in the Home Run Derby Fan Poll. Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Derby, which is part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day and will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 8 p.m. ET the night before the 83rd annual All-Star Game.
Swisher's 1,000th hit part of Yanks' winning rally
NEW YORK -- Nick Swisher's seventh-inning double in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field was not only part of a decisive four-run rally for the Yankees, it was also his 1,000th career hit.
Swisher singled off Mets starter Chris Young in his second at-bat, then hustled to second with a double in his third trip to the plate as the ball got past a diving Lucas Duda in right field. Swisher scored on the very next pitch, which Raul Ibanez sent into the right-field seats.
Swisher, a nine-year veteran, has collected 485 of his hits with the Yankees, more than any other club. He had 406 hits in his four seasons with Oakland, and 109 hits came in his one season with the White Sox.
Out with stiff back, Martin may miss Yanks' finale
NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Russell Martin felt stiffness in his back during batting practice before Saturday's 4-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field, but he played the first eight innings before manager Joe Girardi lifted him for a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
Martin said he thought his back would loosen up as the day went on, but Girardi did not find out about the stiffness until the sixth or seventh inning, the skipper said. Dewayne Wise pinch-hit for Martin in the ninth, then backup catcher Chris Stewart caught Rafael Soriano's scoreless ninth inning to preserve the Yankees' win.
"I've had this before," said Martin, who went 0-for-3 with a pair of flyouts and a strikeout. "Normally, it happens a little later in the season. Just always rotating to the same sides, it kind of puts some stress on the lower back. I've dealt with this before."
Girardi hopes to have Martin as a backup for the rubber match of the three-game series on Sunday night, giving Stewart the start and another opportunity to catch CC Sabathia. Martin caught Sabathia's first two starts of the season, but Stewart has caught the last 12.
Girardi unlikely to tweak lineup vs. Dickey
NEW YORK -- On Saturday afternoon, Yankees manager Joe Girardi remained focused on that night's opponent, Mets right-hander Chris Young, but he did not expect to make any drastic lineup changes for Sunday night's contest in an effort to counteract R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
"You can't worry about that; you have to play the game," Girardi said. "I don't think you really alter your lineup. If you see someone who has had a lot of success, you might put him in there thinking that they've been successful against knuckleballers."
That means a typical Yankees lineup, with left-handed-hitting veteran Raul Ibanez likely getting the start in left field against the right-handed Dickey. Ibanez has experience against Dickey from his time in Philadelphia, where he went 7-for-17 with two homers and four RBIs facing the knuckler. Ibanez is also 9-for-34 with six extra-base hits in his career against former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
Third baseman Eric Chavez is 4-for-12 in his career against Dickey but has not faced him since Dickey reinvented himself with the Mets. Alex Rodriguez is 1-for-5 with a double against Dickey since the right-hander began relying on the knuckleball in New York.
Under former manager Joe Torre, the Yankees occasionally brought in knuckleballers to throw batting practice in advance of Wakefield starts, but Girardi said there are no plans to do so before Sunday's series finale.
"Those guys aren't really easy to find, either," Girardi said. "They're not really lining up. I'm sure if it's written in the paper tomorrow, we might get a few calls, but we have no plans to do that."
Yankees right-hander David Aardsma allowed two singles in two scoreless innings on Saturday for the Gulf Coast League Yankees, making his second Minor League rehab start. Aardsma could be ready to pitch at the Major League level within a month.
"Really happy with the outing today," Aardsma tweeted. "Throwing strikes and getting ahead of hitters."
Gardner said that he plans to stop wearing a protective brace on his right elbow in about a week, and that he should be able to resume swinging a bat one week after that. Gardner hasn't played since April 17 due to an elbow strain that has had two setbacks.
On this date in 1997, David Cone set the Yankees' all-time single-game high for a right-handed pitcher with 16 strikeouts in a 5-2 win over the Tigers in Detroit.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Steven Miller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.