Blue Jays 10, Yankees 3
The only real blemish on Kyle Drabek’s pitching performance
Friday was a low changeup that Curtis Granderson pulled over the
left-field wall in the third inning.
The homer gave the New York Yankees a one-run lead. It didn’t
Major league homer champion Jose Bautista hit his first of the
spring in the bottom half and Adam Lind added a two-run shot the
next inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to a 10-3 win over a
Yankees split squad.
Drabek, among five pitchers competing for two spots in the Blue
Jays’ starting rotation, struck four in four innings. He allowed
one earned run and three hits.
Drabek missed his first scheduled spring start after waking up
with a stiff neck and pitched only two innings on March 5.
”This felt more like a start than the last one,” he said.
”The neck pain wasn’t there this time. It’s really exiting for me.
My arm felt great. I was able to keep the ball down.”
”I tried to make it hard for the coaches, if they wanted to
(send) me down, to try to show that I have what it takes to be up
Blue Jays manager John Farrell said ”you see the poise and the
mound presence. He didn’t try to overthrow it; he didn’t come out
of his delivery. All those are very good signs.”
Granderson’s home run was his team-high third. Of his 24 homers
in 2010, 17 came in the second half of the season.
”He showed (his power) last year,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. ”We’ve seen it all along.”
After Granderson’s shot leading off the third, Drabek and Blue
Jays relievers retired 17 consecutive Yankees. They didn’t get
another hit until the ninth.
The Blue Jays tagged starter Ivan Nova and five relievers for 17
hits, including three by Travis Snider and two apiece by Bautista,
Lind and Juan Rivera.
Center fielder Scott Podsednik, troubled with the Los Angeles
Dodgers last season by inflammation of his left heel, made his
spring debut for the Blue Jays. He walked twice and stole a
”The foot felt good,” he said, about what I expected,”
Podsednik said. ”I wasn’t expecting to go out there and be pain
free.” Farrell said it was ”good to see him run the bases
aggressively … to get him out there and draw some attention away
from the pitcher with his base-stealing abilities.”
NOTES: Farrell said left-hander Ricky Romero will be Toronto’s
opening-day starter April 1 at home against Minnesota. … The Blue
Jays returned RHPs Joel Carreno and Alan Farina, LHP Brad Mills and
OF Darrin Mastroianni to their minor league camp.