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    N.Y. Yankees5
    Toronto «6

    Blue Jays 6, Yankees 5

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    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - A.J. Burnett got hit by a line drive and lost his command at times. He found his curveball, though, and that was encouraging to him.

    Hurt by his own wild pitches and catcher Russell Martin's sloppy play, the New York Yankees right-hander gave up four runs - two earned - and five hits in four innings of a 6-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.

    Burnett was struck just below the right hip, on the meaty part of his buttock, by Juan Rivera's first-inning liner. The ball ricocheted off Burnett toward the third base line, but he remained in the game.

    "It hurt, man," he said. "It did, but it didn't bother me too much. The line drive woke me up. I was able to find the out pitch, my strikeout pitch.

    "I found my hook today. I'm going to take that from today. It was sharp, got some bad swings on it."

    Burnett threw two wild pitches, and Martin committed a pair of throwing errors and allowed a passed ball. He also threw poorly on three Blue Jays stolen bases.

    "I need to work out of the stretch a little bit," Burnett said. "I'm a little slow there. Usually I'm a lot quicker that that."

    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said there's a tendency to worry a little bit about Burnett getting stiff, but expects him to be fine for his next start.

    Jose Molina homered for the Blue Jays. In the third, Adam Lind doubled and with two outs Travis Snider struck out on a ball in the dirt, but Martin's throw to first sailed down the line and Lind scored.

    Martin said he had a chance to make a good throw on each error.

    "I had a shot and I kind of just rushed my throw," he said. "They were swinging at breaking balls in the dirt. ... That was the best I've seen his curveball."

    Toronto starter Brandon Morrow, given an early lead, worked five shutout innings, giving up three hits and striking out six.

    "You want to put the pressure on them at that point and you're going out and throwing first-pitch strikes," he said. "That's definitely the way you want to do it when you get a couple of runs up. Then they've got to try and match it. ... If you put the pressure on them you're in a pretty good spot."

    Marc Rzepczynski took over in the sixth and gave up a run on a grounder, but Mike McCoy hit a two-run homer off Sergio Mitre in the bottom half for a 6-1 lead.

    Justin Maxwell and Brandon Laird hit RBI singles off Rzepczynski in New York's four-run eighth before Wilfredo Ledezma took over and got Andruw Jones on a bases-loaded popup to end the inning.

    NOTES: The Blue Jays optioned outfielder John Talisano and pitchers Zach Stewart and Henderson Alvarez to their minor league camp. ... Toronto manager John Farrell said he hopes to get second baseman Aaron Hill, sidelined by a strained right thigh, into his first Grapefruit League game Tuesday.

     
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    New York Yankees
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Brett Gardner, LF1010100 .258
        Andruw Jones, LF3110014 .222
    Russell Martin, C2110101 .226
        Jorge Vazquez, 1B1110100 .483
        Melky Mesa, PR0000000 .200
    Curtis Granderson, CF2020102 .361
        Justin Maxwell, CF2111000 .192
    Nick Swisher, RF2000111 .220
        Jordan Parraz, PR-RF2100000 .235
    Jorge Posada, DH3001010 .206
        Jose Gil, PR-DH1000012 .000
    Eric Chavez, 1B3000011 .355
        Gustavo Molina, C1000012 .091
    Eduardo Nunez, 2B3010000 .324
        Brandon Laird, 3B1011000 .100
    Ronnie Belliard, 3B3000021 .083
        Doug Bernier, SS0000100 .000
    Ramiro Pena, SS2000011 .156
       a- Kevin Russo, PH-2B1001100 .118
    Totals3359479  
    a-grounded out for Pena in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Brett Gardner (5, Morrow)
    RBI - Justin Maxwell (1), Jorge Posada (6), Brandon Laird (2), Kevin Russo (2)
    2-OUT RBI - Brandon Laird (1), Kevin Russo (1)
    SB - Melky Mesa (1, 2nd base off Ledezma/Budde), Eduardo Nunez (6, 2nd base off Morrow/Molina)
    PK - Melky Mesa (1, Ledezma)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    DP - Russo-Bernier-Vazquez
    E - Russell Martin 2 (2, Throwing), Eduardo Nunez (3, Misplayed grounder)
    New York Yankees
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    A.J. Burnett (L,1-1) 4542051 2.77
    Sergio Mitre 3322021 2.25
    Andrew Brackman 1000000 0.00
    HBP - Thames (by A.J. Burnett), Lind (by Sergio Mitre)
    WP - A.J. Burnett (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 36-29, Sergio Mitre 18-17, Andrew Brackman 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 3-5, Sergio Mitre 5-1, Andrew Brackman 2-1
    Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 19, Sergio Mitre 12, Andrew Brackman 3
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Corey Patterson, CF-RF^LF4110011 .211
    John McDonald, 2B3000012 .323
        Jonathan Diaz, SS1010000 .242
    Jose Bautista, 3B3111010 .364
        Brett Lawrie, 3B1000001 .333
    Adam Lind, 1B2110011 .406
        David Cooper, PR-1B1000001 .379
    Juan Rivera, RF3011022 .394
        Anthony Gose, CF1000000 .318
    Travis Snider, LF3010011 .448
        Michael Crouse, PR-RF1100000 .000
    Jose Molina, C3111002 .353
        Ryan Budde, C1000000 .063
    Eric Thames, DH2000001 .244
    Mike McCoy, SS-2B2112000 .290
        Ryan Goins, 2B0000000 .125
    Totals3168507  
    Batting
    2B - Adam Lind (5, Burnett), Travis Snider (3, Mitre)
    HR - Jose Molina (1, Burnett), Mike McCoy (1, Mitre)
    SH - Mike McCoy (3)
    RBI - Jose Bautista (9), Juan Rivera (4), Jose Molina (2), Mike McCoy 2 (7)
    2-OUT RBI - Juan Rivera (2), Mike McCoy 2 (3)
    SB - Corey Patterson (2, 3rd base off Burnett/Martin), Jose Bautista (1, 3rd base off Burnett/Martin)
    Team LOB - 4
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Juan Rivera 1
    DP - McDonald-McCoy-Lind, McCoy-Diaz-Cooper
    E - Jonathan Diaz (3, Misplayed grounder)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Brandon Morrow (W,2-0) 5300360 0.75
    Marc Rzepczynski (H,2) 2.2652330 4.76
    Wil Ledezma (S,1) 1.1000100 9.64
    Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Morrow 40-28, Marc Rzepczynski 32-20, Wil Ledezma 8-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Morrow 2-5, Marc Rzepczynski 4-1
    Batters Faced - Brandon Morrow 19, Marc Rzepczynski 17, Wil Ledezma 4
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5559
    Game Time - 2:50
    Temperature - 76
    Umpires - Home - David Rackley, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Victor Carapazza