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Jeter, Rivera make spring training debuts for Yankees

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TAMPA, Fla. -- In a few years, this will be a scene from Old-Timers' Day: Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera walking on the field to loud ovations.

For now, though, it is a sight the banged-up Yankees had been waiting for: their captain and closer returning to the field following major injuries.

Jeter and Rivera made their 2013 spring training debuts Saturday in the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, which dropped New York's AL-worst exhibition record to 3-11.

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"It's really positive for us," Girardi said.

The 38-year-old Jeter was a designated hitter and singled sharply to left field on his first pitch since breaking his left ankle on Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener. Jeter, who missed New York's first 13 spring training games, grounded out to third base in his only other at-bat.

"Everything was fine," Jeter said. "It's good to get back into a game. Now, it's normal spring training. Get more and more comfortable."

Jeter, immobile for part of the offseason following surgery on Oct. 20, is scheduled to DH again Monday. He could return to shortstop on Wednesday.

"We'll see how he feels and go from there," Girardi said.

The 43-year-old Rivera was back on the mound, just hours after announcing this will be his final season. In his first game since April 30, he threw a 1-2-3 fifth inning that required 15 pitches. He looked like his overpowering self of old, retiring Dan Uggla on a popup to second and then throwing called third strikes past Juan Francisco and Chris Johnson.

"Pretty much what we're used to seeing from Mo," Girardi said. "On track to be ready for opening day."

Rivera made just nine appearances last season before he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while shagging fly balls on May 3. Rivera had surgery on June 12.

He called the day "overwhelming."

"It was wonderful," Rivera said.

New York had had a difficult spring training. Already knowing third baseman Alex Rodriguez will miss the first half of the season following hip surgery, the Yankees will be without centerfielder Curtis Granderson (broken right forearm) and first baseman Mark Teixeira (strained right wrist tendon) until May.

As for the Braves, starter Mike Minor allowed three hits and two walks in four shutout innings.

"We threw a lot of sliders and curveballs, and stayed away from changeups, threw maybe five," Minor said. "So, really just working on that and just trying to workout of jams. Mix in more game-like situations."

Tyler Pastornicky, hitting .419 this year, tripled in the seventh and scored on Uggla's single.

Notes

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino threw the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage. ... Yankees LHP Boone Logan (tender elbow) is to throw off a mound Sunday. ... The Yankees had non-roster utility man Ronnier Mustelier do extra pregame work at third base.

 
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Derek Jeter serves as the Yankees' designated hitter and singles to left field on the first pitch he sees this spring. (Getty Images)
Derek Jeter serves as the Yankees' designated hitter and singles to left field on the first pitch he sees this spring. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

T. Pastornicky
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

I. Suzuki
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF4110010 .281
Tyler Pastornicky, SS3120000 .419
    Elmer Reyes, SS0000000 .000
Freddie Freeman, DH3000012 .324
   a- Jordan Parraz, PH-DH0001000 .190
Dan Uggla, 2B3011010 .212
    Blake DeWitt, PR-2B1000000 .190
Juan Francisco, 3B3000021 .333
Chris Johnson, 1B3000020 .345
    Joe Leonard, 1B0000000 .214
Gerald Laird, C2000010 .091
    Evan Gattis, C1000010 .423
Todd Cunningham, RF3010000 .280
Joe Terdoslavich, LF3000001 .481
Totals2925209  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Freeman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jordan Schafer (3, Miller)
3B - Tyler Pastornicky (1, Rondon)
SF - Jordan Parraz (1)
SH - Elmer Reyes (1)
RBI - Jordan Parraz (2), Dan Uggla (3)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (1)
CS - Tyler Pastornicky (2, 2nd base by Ramirez/Stewart)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Uggla-Pastornicky
E - Chris Johnson (2, Dropped fly), Dan Uggla (3, Throwing), Alex Wood (1, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Minor 4300200 2.00
Luis Avilan 1100010 0.00
Anthony Varvaro (W,1-0) 1000000 7.50
Dusty Hughes (H,3) 1100110 1.80
Alex Wood (S,2) 2310010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 23-15, Luis Avilan 6-6, Anthony Varvaro 3-3, Dusty Hughes 10-6, Alex Wood 12-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 4-8, Luis Avilan 1-1, Anthony Varvaro 2-1, Alex Wood 3-3
Batters Faced - Mike Minor 17, Luis Avilan 4, Anthony Varvaro 3, Dusty Hughes 5, Alex Wood 10
New York Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Derek Jeter, DH2010000 .500
   a- Travis Hafner, PH-DH2000100 .167
    Zoilo Almonte, PR-DH0000000 .222
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3020001 .450
    Thomas Neal, RF2001012 .250
Eduardo Nunez, SS2000101 .174
    Addison Maruszak, SS2000002 .176
Juan Rivera, 1B3000003 .273
    Dan Johnson, 1B1000000 .056
Jayson Nix, 3B3010000 .261
    Jose Pirela, 3B-2B1010000 .400
Matt Diaz, LF3000002 .222
    Ramon Flores, LF1000001 .200
Chris Stewart, C2000002 .267
    Bobby Wilson, C2110000 .167
Melky Mesa, CF1000101 .250
    Slade Heathcott, CF2010000 .286
Corban Joseph, 2B2000012 .158
   b- Ronnier Mustelier, PH-3B2010012 .375
Totals3618133  
a-fouled out for Jeter in the 5th
b-tripled for Joseph in the 7th
Batting
3B - Ronnier Mustelier (1, Hughes)
RBI - Thomas Neal (3)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (2, 2nd base off Minor/Laird)
Team LOB - 11
New York Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jose Ramirez 4100040 0.00
Mariano Rivera 1000020 0.00
Joba Chamberlain 1000000 4.50
Francisco Rondon (L,0-1) 1211010 1.29
Cody Eppley 1100020 9.00
Jim Miller 1111000 3.60
Pitches-Strikes - Jose Ramirez 20-20, Mariano Rivera 7-7, Joba Chamberlain 3-3, Francisco Rondon 7-7, Cody Eppley 8-8, Jim Miller 4-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jose Ramirez 3-4, Joba Chamberlain 2-1, Francisco Rondon 2-0, Cody Eppley 1-0, Jim Miller 2-1
Batters Faced - Jose Ramirez 12, Mariano Rivera 3, Joba Chamberlain 3, Francisco Rondon 5, Cody Eppley 4, Jim Miller 4
Game Information
Attendance - 10973
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Mark Wegner, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Chad Whitson