Grapefruit League Game 22: Yankees at Blue Jays

March 18, 2011, 1:05 p.m. ET – Florida Auto Exchange Stadium – Dunedin, Fla.
TV: None / Radio: None

YANKEES (8-11-2)

Brett Gardner LF, Russell Martin C, Curtis Granderson CF, Nick Swisher RF, Jorge Posada DH, Eric Chavez 1B, Eduardo Nunez 2B, Ronnie Belliard 3B, Ramiro Pena SS
Pitching: A.J. Burnett RHP (1-0, 2.00 ERA)
Also scheduled to pitch: Sergio Mitre, Andrew Brackman
BLUE JAYS (10-9)
Corey Patterson CF, John McDonald SS, Jose Bautista 3B, Adam Lind 1B, Juan Rivera RF, Travis Snider LF, Jose Molina C, Eric Thames DH, Mike McCoy 2B
Pitching: Brandon Morrow RHP (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Also scheduled to pitch: Jon Rauch, David Purcey, Mike Hinckley
  • Hello from Dunedin, where the Yankees and Blue Jays are meeting for the second time this spring. It’s in the mid-70’s without a cloud in the sky, a perfect sunny Florida day, and the flags are lightly blowing in from right-center field while the Spin Doctors’ “Two Princes” plays on the left-center field speakers.
  • Slow morning at Yankees camp, but Joe Girardi did have a couple of small tidbits. Lefties Pedro Feliciano and Boone Logan are both being slowed by aches – Feliciano has a little dead arm soreness near his left triceps, and Logan had back spasms after throwing a scoreless inning last night vs. Tampa Bay. Feliciano will throw a bullpen tomorrow; Logan might be out for four or five days.
  • Joba Chamberlain is scheduled to throw a bullpen tomorrow.&n
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  • Girardi promises he’ll have the regular season order of A.J. Burnett and Phil Hughes in the Yankees rotation tomorrow. They’ve gone through camp with Hughes following CC Sabathia.
  • Girardi seems to love the idea of having Eric Chavez on the bench. “I think there’s some upside there,” he said. “You watch him swing the bat – I saw him hit a double over the left fielder’s head, he has pull power. We know that he can play defense. He’s an interesting guy to have, for sure.”
  • Alex Rodriguez has homered in three straight games, driven in a run in five straight and hit in all 11 of his spring contests. He’s not on today’s trip, though. Last night’s homer outdid Jorge Vazquez for the longest Steinbrenner Field blast of the spring – they don’t offer tape measure distances, but it cleared the center-field batters eye with plenty of room to spare.
  • Sergio Mitre returns to action today in relief. They have A.J. Burnett slated for 75-80 pitches.
  • There are 13 days until Opening Day.

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