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Recap: Yankees , Blue Jays
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Date: March 11, 2011 1:05 PM EDT
  

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) - The only real blemish on Kyle Drabek's pitching performance Friday was a low changeup that Curtis Granderson pulled over the left-field wall in the third inning.

The homer gave the New York Yankees a one-run lead. It didn't last long.

Major league homer champion Jose Bautista hit his first of the spring in the bottom half and Adam Lind added a two-run shot the next inning as the Toronto Blue Jays rolled to a 10-3 win over a Yankees split squad.

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Drabek, among five pitchers competing for two spots in the Blue Jays' starting rotation, struck four in four innings. He allowed one earned run and three hits.

Drabek missed his first scheduled spring start after waking up with a stiff neck and pitched only two innings on March 5.

``This felt more like a start than the last one,' he said. ``The neck pain wasn't there this time. It's really exiting for me. My arm felt great. I was able to keep the ball down.'

``I tried to make it hard for the coaches, if they wanted to (send) me down, to try to show that I have what it takes to be up here.'

Blue Jays manager John Farrell said ``you see the poise and the mound presence. He didn't try to overthrow it; he didn't come out of his delivery. All those are very good signs.'

Granderson's home run was his team-high third. Of his 24 homers in 2010, 17 came in the second half of the season.

``He showed (his power) last year,' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ``We've seen it all along.'

After Granderson's shot leading off the third, Drabek and Blue Jays relievers retired 17 consecutive Yankees. They didn't get another hit until the ninth.

The Blue Jays tagged starter Ivan Nova and five relievers for 17 hits, including three by Travis Snider and two apiece by Bautista, Lind and Juan Rivera.

Center fielder Scott Podsednik, troubled with the Los Angeles Dodgers last season by inflammation of his left heel, made his spring debut for the Blue Jays. He walked twice and stole a base.

``The foot felt good,' he said, about what I expected,' Podsednik said. ``I wasn't expecting to go out there and be pain free.' Farrell said it was ``good to see him run the bases aggressively ... to get him out there and draw some attention away from the pitcher with his base-stealing abilities.'

NOTES: Farrell said left-hander Ricky Romero will be Toronto's opening-day starter April 1 at home against Minnesota. ... The Blue Jays returned RHPs Joel Carreno and Alan Farina, LHP Brad Mills and OF Darrin Mastroianni to their minor league camp.

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