03/06/10 4:18 PM EST
Regulars make little noise in Yanks' loss
Burnett racks up count in debut; offense falters vs. Jays
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
at Tampa, Fla.
Saturday, March 6
Blue Jays at the plate: After Toronto left the bases loaded in the first inning, Travis Snider and Jose Bautista stroked doubles off A.J. Burnett in the second inning to bring around the first run of the game. Aaron Hill followed with a ground single up the middle, driving in a second run. Adam Lind blasted his first home run of the spring in the fifth inning, a three-run shot off Jonathan Albaladejo.Yankees at the plate: New York pushed its first run across in the third inning as pinch-runner Austin Romine moved to third base on a Juan Miranda single, then scored on a Ramiro Pena fielder's choice. Blue Jays on the mound: Making his first start in game action since 2008, Shaun Marcum hurled two scoreless innings around a walk, striking out Curtis Granderson and Randy Winn. Zech Zinicola allowed a run in an inning of work and Merkin Valdez hurled a scoreless fourth. Yankees on the mound: Burnett worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, but couldn't make it out of the second, surrendering two doubles and a single. Burnett walked one and allowed five hits, throwing 36 pitches (24 strikes) while using only his fastball and changeup. Left-handed reliever Boone Logan threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Albaladejo yielded five runs on seven hits and one walk in one-third of an inning. Worth noting: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli left the game with a concussion after being struck in the helmet by a Zinicola fastball in the third inning. ... Burnett shattered the bat of former batterymate Jose Molina in the second inning. Grapefruit League records: Blue Jays, 3-1; Yankees, 1-3 Up next: The Yankees will board the buses for their longest trip of the spring on Sunday, traveling to meet the Twins in a 1:05 p.m. ET start in Fort Myers, Fla. Sergio Mitre will try to follow up on a sharp spring debut by taking the start for New York, opposed by Minnesota's Scott Baker. Fellow fifth-starter candidate Chad Gaudin will also pitch for the Yankees, who are scheduled to bring Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, Nick Swisher and Brett Gardner among their regulars on the trip.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.