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    Blue Jays 7, Yankees 5

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    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli knew something was wrong with Freddy Garcia almost immediately after the pitcher was hit in the hand by a comebacker and walked right off the mound.

    "If he walks away, forget it, because my guy, he likes to throw no matter what happens," said catcher Francisco Cervelli after the Yankees' 7-5 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.

    Garcia was hit at the base of his thumb and index finger on his pitching hand in the fourth inning on a one-hop shot off the bat of Edwin Encarnacion. After being hit Garcia spun around for an instant, looking for the ball, then he headed toward the Yankees' dugout.

    Garcia's hand quickly swelled and he was driven back to New York's spring training complex in Tampa, where he saw Dr. Allen Miller, the Yankees' Tampa-based orthopedic surgeon. X-rays were negative.

    The was no additional information but manager Joe Girardi didn't express too much concern.

    "His hand swelled up a lot right away," Girardi said. "I don't know what that means. ... I don't think he was necessarily trying to catch it with his hand. I think it just caught him. You don't want to see any of that but it happens."

    Girardi was happy with what he saw from one of the pitchers competing for a spot in the rotation.

    "I thought he threw the ball pretty well. He commands all his off-speeds, he commands his fastball, he changes speeds and that's exactly what he did today. His split was effective," Girardi said. "He just got his hand in the way. That's the one thing I didn't like."

    Encarnacion also hit two homers for Toronto, one against Garcia. After reaching base in the fourth he scored on J.P. Arencibia's home run off Yankees reliever Cory Wade.

    New York tied it in the third on Derek Jeter's two-out single and Curtis Granderson's double to right-center field but Arencibia's homer made it 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth.

    Encarnacion added a three-run shot to center field off Manny Banuelos in Toronto's four-run fifth. The Yankees made it close with four runs in the sixth.

    "When (Edwin) stays through the baseball his power is as good as anybody we have and it was obviously the case today," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He didn't try to overswing the bat or muscle up against good velocity. He trusted his hands and that's what he's capable of.

    "We all saw the second half (of the 2011 season) - and really the last couple of years of what he's capable of in the second half - and when he maintains that swing he's a very dangerous hitter," Farrell added.

    NOTES: New York right fielder Nick Swisher left the game in the fifth inning with what Girardi said was "a little tightness in his left groin. We'll have to see how he is but there are no tests planned." ... Yankees setup man Dave Robertson, who injured his right foot last week when he stumbled and fell down some stairs, ran on a treadmill for half an hour. "I don't have the speed," Robertson said, smiling, "but there was no pain." ... The Blue Jays are riding an eight-game unbeaten streak, including a tie with Boston. ... Toronto optioned shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, outfielder Moises Sierrra and pitcher Trystan Magnuson to its minor league camp. ... On Thursday the Yankees will start Michael Pineda against the Nationals at Viera and the Blue Jays, looking for a three-game spring training sweep of Houston, will start Dustin McGowan against Zach Duke and the Astros at Kissimmee.

     
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    New York Yankees
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Derek Jeter, SS3110001 .278
        Doug Bernier, SS2112010 .308
    Curtis Granderson, CF3021010 .316
        Dewayne Wise, PR-CF2022000 .462
    Robinson Cano, 2B2000101 .167
        Corban Joseph, 2B2010011 .231
    Alex Rodriguez, DH3000001 .333
        Kyle Higashioka, PR-DH2000013 .200
    Mark Teixeira, 1B3010002 .235
        Brandon Laird, 1B1000010 .143
    Raul Ibanez, LF3000011 .083
        Colin Curtis, LF1000000 .200
    Nick Swisher, RF2000011 .263
        Cole Garner, RF1110100 .429
    Eric Chavez, 3B2010010 .167
        Jayson Nix, 3B2110011 .333
    Francisco Cervelli, C2010001 .222
        Gary Sanchez, C2100000 .429
    Totals38512529  
    Batting
    2B - Doug Bernier (2, Carreno), Curtis Granderson 2 (4, Alvarez, Frasor), Cole Garner (2, Carreno), Francisco Cervelli (2, Villanueva)
    RBI - Doug Bernier 2 (2), Curtis Granderson (2), Dewayne Wise 2 (3)
    2-OUT RBI - Curtis Granderson (1)
    SB - Dewayne Wise (2, 3rd base off Carreno/Jimenez)
    Team LOB - 8
    New York Yankees
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Freddy Garcia (L,1-1) 3422131 4.50
    Cory Wade 1111021 4.50
    Manuel Banuelos 1344211 7.20
    D.J. Mitchell 3000040 0.00
    HBP - Woodward (by D.J. Mitchell), McDade (by D.J. Mitchell)
    Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 26-20, Cory Wade 8-8, Manuel Banuelos 19-9, D.J. Mitchell 19-17
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 2-4, Manuel Banuelos 1-1, D.J. Mitchell 4-1
    Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 14, Cory Wade 4, Manuel Banuelos 8, D.J. Mitchell 11
    Toronto Blue Jays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Yunel Escobar, SS2100100 .190
        Omar Vizquel, SS2000012 .385
    Kelly Johnson, 2B3010021 .250
        Anthony Gose, CF1000000 .267
    Jose Bautista, RF2000101 .353
        Ben Francisco, RF1000000 .188
    Adam Lind, 1B2000102 .333
        Luis Valbuena, PR-2B1100000 .333
    Edwin Encarnacion, LF3334000 .333
        Michael Crouse, LF1000010 .000
    Brett Lawrie, 3B3120000 .591
        Chris Woodward, 3B0000000 .200
    Colby Rasmus, CF3011012 .211
        Michael McDade, 1B0000000 .111
    J.P. Arencibia, DH3112012 .158
       a- Travis d'Arnaud, PH-DH1000012 .200
    Jeff Mathis, C3000020 .143
        Antonio Jimenez, C1000012 .400
    Totals32787310  
    a-struck out for Arencibia in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Brett Lawrie (6, Garcia)
    3B - Brett Lawrie (1, Banuelos)
    HR - Edwin Encarnacion 2 (2, Garcia, Banuelos), J.P. Arencibia (2, Wade)
    RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 4 (9), Colby Rasmus (4), J.P. Arencibia 2 (5)
    2-OUT RBI - Edwin Encarnacion 3 (5), Colby Rasmus (2), J.P. Arencibia 2 (2)
    SB - Kelly Johnson (2, 2nd base off Garcia/Cervelli), Brett Lawrie (4, 3rd base off Garcia/Cervelli)
    Team LOB - 6
    Fielding
    DP - Escobar-Johnson-Lind, McDade
    E - Antonio Jimenez (1, Throwing), Chris Woodward (1, Throwing)
    Toronto Blue Jays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Henderson Alvarez 3411030 3.00
    Carlos Villanueva (W,1-0) 2100010 0.00
    Jason Frasor (H,3) 1100100 6.75
    Joel Carreno (H,1) 2443130 5.40
    Jim Hoey (S,1) 1200020 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Henderson Alvarez 18-18, Carlos Villanueva 9-9, Jason Frasor 7-3, Joel Carreno 21-17, Jim Hoey 9-9
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Henderson Alvarez 4-1, Carlos Villanueva 5-0, Jason Frasor 1-1, Joel Carreno 4-0, Jim Hoey 1-0
    Batters Faced - Henderson Alvarez 12, Carlos Villanueva 7, Jason Frasor 4, Joel Carreno 12, Jim Hoey 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 5509
    Game Time - 2:53
    Temperature - 77
    Umpires - Home - Chad Whitson, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Victor Carapazza