Blue Jays 17, Yankees 5
The Toronto Blue Jays quickly warmed up on an unusually chilly
Josh Johnson allowed one run over three innings, Maicer Izturis
had five RBIs and the Blue Jays routed the New York Yankees 17-5 on
Johnson, coming off a start last Friday in which he retired all
11 batters he faced, gave up two hits and struck out five. The
right-hander is part of a revamped Toronto rotation that includes
other offseason additions R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle.
The biggest challenge Johnson faced was sitting in the dugout
for long stretches during a pair of big Toronto innings on a windy
day with a game time temperature near 60.
”It’s something, hopefully, I can get used to this year,”
Johnson said. ”I don’t think I ever really been through something
like that. That was crazy, especially the first inning, come out
and do that. It was awesome, but not fun at the time. You want to
get out there and find that tempo. It was kind of here and there,
but it was a good outing overall.”
Melky Cabrera drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who led 15-1
after two innings.
Cabrera had an RBI double and two-run double, and Izturis drove
in three runs with double during the Blue Jays’ nine-run first
against Jose Ramirez and Adam Warren. Toronto slugger Jose
Bautista, who made two of the three outs during the 13-batter
first, slammed his bat to the ground after striking out to end the
”It was a tough game to watch,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi
said. ”We walked 10 guys, nine in the first two innings. There
weren’t a lot of great things to watch today.”
Izturis had a two-run single, Cabrera added an RBI single and
Bautista knocked in two on a double in a six-run second that made
it 15-1. Mark DeRosa had a three-inning solo homer.
Kevin Youkilis hit a first-inning solo homer off Johnson.
Ramirez and Warren combined to give up 14 runs, six hits and
nine walks over 1 2-3 innings.
Yankees right-hander Phil Hughes threw 26 pitches at
Steinbrenner Field in Tampa during his first batting practice
session since hurting his upper back Feb. 18 during a defensive
drill. He is set to pitch Monday in a simulated game.
”No physical issues,” Hughes said. ”Just a hair off with my
command, but I sort of anticipated that. I felt like the ball was
coming out pretty good. It was actually good to face a hitter for
the first time since the last playoffs. A good first step.”
The Yankees haven’t ruled out Hughes missing his first regular
”I rather it be one start than a bunch that pile up,” Hughes
said. ”I feel good with what I’m doing. I’m going to make sure
it’s right before I do anything.”
Hughes went 16-13 with 4.23 ERA in 32 starts for the Yankees
”I think it’s a pretty significant step,” Girardi said.
”We’ve just got to see where he’s at. It’s still really early to
judge if he can be ready to start the season. I can’t tell you if
he’s going to be there when we start or if he’s going to have to
miss a turn and be there the second start.”
Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia, the expected opening day
starter, will make his first spring training start Friday against
Miami. He had offseason left elbow surgery to remove a bone
Blue Jays reliever Sergio Santos felt fine one day after
pitching in a minor league game and is scheduled to work in a big
leage game Saturday. Santos, who missed almost all of last season
after having shoulder surgery, experienced triceps soreness after
an inning against Philadelphia on March 3.
Santos expects to be ready for opening day.
”I’m going to prepare myself, and get ready,” Santos said. ”I
Toronto right-handed reliever Casey Janssen, coming off surgery
on his throwing shoulder, threw batting practice. His status for
opening day has not been determined.
”Another step in the right direction,” Janssen said. ”It was
nice to face some hitters and pick up the intensity again. We’ll
see how it is tomorrow.”
NOTES: NHL coaching great Scotty Bowman attended the game. He is
currently a senior adviser with the Chicago Blackhawks. … Girardi
said that Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart are the pair of
catchers he thinks are going to be on the opening day roster unless
something unforeseen happens. Girardi is not ready to name the
starter. ”It might take some time to sort that out,” Girardi
said. … LHP Boone Logan (sore elbow) had his third bullpen
session and is scheduled for batting practice on Saturday. …
Toronto CF Colby Rasmus drew three walks over the first two
innings. … The Blue Jays optioned 1B Lars Anderson and INF Ryan
Goins to Triple-A Buffalo, RHP Chad Jenkins to Double-A New
Hampshire. RHPs Chad Beck, Tyson Brummett and Mickey Storey, and C
Sean Ochinko were reassigned to the minor league camp.