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Yankees Beat Blue Jay, 2-1

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — Brett Gardner went 0-for-2 in his first spring training game of the year, Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and made a nifty defensive play and the New York Yankees beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 March 16.Gardner played five innings in left field. He hit a grounder and struck out in his first game since bruising his left wrist in last year’s AL wild-card loss to Houston. “The results weren’t great, but I felt good,” Gardner said.Castro hit an opposite-field drive to right off Drew Hutchison and made a running grab in shallow right on Kevin Pillar’s pop fly.Acquired from the Chicago Cubs in December, Castro moved from shortstop to second base last season and played 38 games at the position.“I think he’s doing pretty good,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve been pleased with him so far at second base. I think he’s done a really good job, worked extremely hard. The transition for him I don’t think is going to be a problem.”Hutchison, bidding for the fifth starter spot, allowed two runs and four hits in 4 2-3 innings.“I think I’ve been throwing the ball well,” Hutchison said. “I’ve been accomplishing the things I wanted to accomplish.”Nathan Eovaldi struck out two and walked two over two hitless innings in his second spring training appearance for the Yankees since his season was cut short after a Sept. 5 start due to right elbow inflammation.“My arm felt great,” Eovaldi said. “I thought my pitches were good. Worked a lot on the counts.”(MARK DIDTLER)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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