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Yankees 3, Blue Jays 0


DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - David Phelps is doing all he can to earn a role in the New York Yankees' starting rotation.

Phelps kept up his strong spring training, allowing three hits over five innings in Sunday's 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

"Phelps' command has been very good," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Phelps, a 26-year-old right-hander who went 4-4 as a rookie last year, has given up one run in 14 innings over four starts.

"Everything was working," said Phelps, who struck out three and walked one.

Phelps is competing with Ivan Nova to be a starter and could win a rotation role if Phil Hughes doesn't recover from a back injury by the first week of the season. Diagnosed three weeks ago with a bulging disk in his upper back, Hughes is set to throw 25-to-30 pitches off a bullpen mound Monday. He had a 10-pitch mound session Saturday.

"We believe that Phil's probably going to be ready," Girardi said.

Juan Rivera, likely to get April playing time in the outfield while Curtis Granderson is sidelined, had three hits, including a three-run double off Brett Cecil in the fifth.

Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ allowed four hits in 3 1-3 scoreless innings. He appears to be the odd man out to win a spot in Toronto's revamped rotation that includes offseason acquisitions R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson.

"It's very frustrating," Happ said. "I told myself a couple things before coming into camp that I would try to stay as positive as I could, and just kind of let things play out. I'm trying to do that."

Happ's role to begin the season could be as a major league reliever or a starter at Triple-A.

"I'm a major league starting pitcher," Happ said. "We'll have to let it play out."

Toronto manager John Gibbons understands Happ's frustration.

"I definitely feel for him," Gibbons said. "He knows what he's facing. Before it's all said and done, he's going to help us in a lot of ways."

CC Sabathia, the Yankees' expected opening-day starter, threw 52 pitches during a simulated game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. The left-hander, who had offseason left elbow bone spur surgery, is scheduled to make first exhibition start Friday against Miami.

"I had no pain, no problems," Sabathia said. "Felt like I was throwing a little harder than last time. I'm ready to go."

Girardi said Kevin Youkilis will play a game at first base this week. Signed to fill in at third base while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery, Youkilis could side time at first while Mark Teixeira recovers from a wrist injury expected to keep him sidelined until at least May.

Rodriguez had hip surgery in January and might return around the All-Star break.

Youkilis stopped an 0-for-9 start with a first-inning double, and finished 1 for 2 with a walk.

New York also is looking at Cuban infielder-outfielder Ronnier Mustelier at third. Rivera played first on Sunday.

Toronto third baseman Mark DeRosa made a nice play along the foul line and then threw out Jose Pirela at first with the bases loaded and two outs in the fourth. Anthony Gose made a ninth-inning diving catch in center to take a hit away from Addison Maruszak.

New York's Brett Gardner walked in the fifth. He has reached base safely in all 10 of his exhibition games.

NOTES: Yankees captain Derek Jeter (ankle surgery) is scheduled to DH for the second time Monday. The shortstop, who made his initial exhibition appearance Saturday, might play in the field Wednesday. ... Toronto RHP Brandon Morrow is to pitch in a minor league game Tuesday. ... New York LHP Andy Pettitte is to make his 2013 spring training debut Wednesday night. ... Yankees reliever Boone Logan (sore elbow) threw 10 pitches off a bullpen mound. ... Toronto optioned LHP Evan Crawford and C A.J. Jimenez to Double-A New Hampshire.

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New York Yankees
Brett Gardner, LF3100110 .407
    Ramon Flores, RF-LF1000011 .182
Jayson Nix, SS4100000 .222
    Addison Maruszak, SS1000001 .167
Kevin Youkilis, 3B2110110 .091
    Ronnier Mustelier, 3B1000010 .353
Juan Rivera, 1B4033000 .346
    Luke Murton, 1B0000000 .333
Francisco Cervelli, C2000113 .211
    Austin Romine, C1000000 .250
Matt Diaz, DH3000001 .190
   a- Dan Johnson, PH-DH0000100 .056
Melky Mesa, CF3000023 .222
    Slade Heathcott, CF1000001 .250
Thomas Neal, RF2010100 .278
    Zoilo Almonte, LF-RF1000000 .211
Jose Pirela, 2B3000014 .333
    Corban Joseph, 2B0000100 .158
a-walked for Diaz in the 8th
2B - Kevin Youkilis (1, Happ), Juan Rivera (4, Cecil)
RBI - Juan Rivera 3 (3)
PK - Slade Heathcott (1, Ortiz)
Team LOB - 8
New York Yankees
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Preston Claiborne (H,2) 0.2100000 0.00
Josh Spence (H,2) 0.2000000 0.00
Mark Montgomery (H,2) 0.1100100 4.91
Vidal Nuno (S,1) 2.1200020 1.23
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 6-6, Preston Claiborne 2-0, Josh Spence 1-1, Vidal Nuno 1-4
Batters Faced - David Phelps 19, Preston Claiborne 3, Josh Spence 2, Mark Montgomery 3, Vidal Nuno 9
Toronto Blue Jays
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    Ryan Langerhans, LF-RF1000002 .320
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Colby Rasmus, DH4010010 .182
Jose Bautista, RF3000000 .192
    Ryan Schimpf, LF1000010 .167
Melky Cabrera, CF2010000 .300
    Anthony Gose, CF2010001 .385
Adam Lind, 1B2010001 .440
    Luis Jimenez, 1B2000001 .174
Mark DeRosa, 3B2000021 .471
    Andy LaRoche, 3B2010000 .308
Josh Thole, C1010100 .167
    Mike Nickeas, C2010002 .158
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    Lance Zawadzki, SS1000102 .368
2B - Melky Cabrera (4, Phelps)
SH - Mike McCoy (1)
Team LOB - 9
E - Mike McCoy (1, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
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Alex Hinshaw 1.1000020 5.06
Ramon Ortiz 2000110 4.50
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Batters Faced - J.A. Happ 15, Brett Cecil 9, Alex Hinshaw 4, Ramon Ortiz 6, Tyson Brummett 4
Game Information
Attendance - 5559
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Marcus Pattillo, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Travis Carlson