Gardner hits third homer in Yanks' loss
Center-field hopeful collects two hits; Pettitte goes 1 2/3 innings
BLUE JAYS 6, YANKEES 2
at Tampa, Fla.
Monday, March 9
Blue Jays at the plate: Russ Adams put Toronto on the board first with his first home run of the Grapefruit League season, a solo shot to right in the third inning. Aaron Hill and Raul Chavez stroked doubles, and Adams tacked on a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the fifth. In a three-run sixth, Lyle Overbay gave the Jays the lead with an RBI double, Jason Lane lifted a sacrifice fly and Travis Snider connected for his second home run of the spring.Yankees at the plate: Brett Gardner belted his third home run of the Grapefruit League season, cracking a two-run shot to right in the fourth inning. Mark Teixeira hit a booming double off the top of the center-field fence.
Blue Jays on the mound: Left-hander Brad Mills made his second start and third appearance, continuing his candidacy for Toronto's starting rotation. Mills worked 3 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and two runs, both on the Gardner home run. He walked one and struck out four. Casey Janssen pitched two shutout innings, allowing two hits and fanning two.Yankees on the mound: Making his first start of the spring, left-hander Andy Pettitte faced six batters, working 1 2/3 innings. Pettitte allowed a first-inning double and walked one, striking out back-to-back batters to end the first frame. Dan Giese allowed a solo home run in 2 1/3 innings, and Ian Kennedy gave up three runs in the sixth, including Snider's long home run. Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays 6-4; Yankees 4-6-1 Up next: The Blue Jays will travel to Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday to face the Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Matt Clement will start for Toronto, with righty Matt Garza on the hill for Tampa Bay.
The Yankees will be home for their second night game of the spring, meeting the Reds under the lights at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday. Right-hander Joba Chamberlain will get the ball for New York, with righty Nick Masset starting for Cincinnati. The game will be televised on MLB.TV
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.