Jays' Hutchison, Yankees' Sabathia pleased with starts

Jays’ Drew Hutchison makes his last spring start, is scheduled to face the Rays on Tuesday.

Jays’ Drew Hutchison makes his last spring start, is scheduled to face the Rays on Tuesday.

CLEARWATER — Drew Hutchison, scheduled to start the second regular-season game against the Rays on Tuesday gave up one hit in 5 1/3 scoreless innings and the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 3-0 on Thursday.

Hutchison allowed a single to Jimmy Rollins in the fourth, walked three and struck out three.

"I battled," Hutchison said. "I wasn't really crisp. I got behind way too much, actually. But on days like that, I can come back and make good pitches, it's a good sign."

Former Rays C Dioner Navarro hit a sacrifice fly off Phillies starter A.J. Burnett in the fourth. Gabe Jacobo added a two-run single in the eighth.

Phillies: Hamels outing

LHP Cole Hamels (left shoulder inflammation) pitched two innings in a minor-league game, his first outing of the spring.

Hamels said he felt good after recording nine outs and throwing 20 of 30 pitches for strikes against Triple-A Pirates.

"I'm really pleased and really confident, and what I'm able to do now is to truly get spring training in," Hamels said. "Obviously it's a little late, but I feel healthy and I think that's really the key."

Hamels plans to join the Phillies in Arlington for their season opener against the Rangers on Monday before returning to the training complex in Clearwater to continue rehab.

notable: OF Domonic Brown, from Pasco High, did not play Thursday because of lingering flu symptoms. He is expected to play today against Pittsburgh. … The Phillies released OF Bobby Abreu to allow the 40-year-old to explore an opportunity with another team.

Yanks: Sabathia happy

BRADENTON — Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched four scoreless innings in his final tuneup, a 4-2 victory over the Pirates, and said he is ready for opening day.

In a steady drizzle, Sabathia faced 13 batters, allowed three hits and got five ground-ball outs. He finished spring training with 17 scoreless innings.

"I had some easy innings," Sabathia said. "I worked on making sure my location was good on a couple pitches."

Coming off his worst season, he starts Tuesday at Houston.

The 33-year-old left-hander said he feels stronger than he did at the end of spring training last year.

"A big difference, strength-wise," Sabathia said. "My arm feels good. My body feels good. No aches and pains, so I'm ready to go."

Sabathia said he mixed in cut fastballs and was pleased with the results.

"A couple of them backed up," Sabathia said. "But I threw a couple that they swung and missed and I got ground balls on a couple. So, I feel good."

Ichiro Suzuki went 3-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.

ellsbury progressing: CF Jacoby Ellsbury took batting practice and ran the bases after playing in two consecutive days of minor-league games. He had missed the previous 1½ weeks because of right calf tightness. Ellsbury is scheduled to play in games today and Saturday, and is expected to be ready for the opener.

roster moves: RHP Preston Claiborne, CF Austin Romine and OF Zoilo Almonte were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. New York reassigned RHPs Danny Burawa, David Herndon, Chris Leroux, Jim Miller and Yoshinori Tateyama, LHP Fred Lewis, and INFs Scott Sizemore and Russ Canzler to minor-league camp.

. FAST FACTS

Yankees

Games: Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner of Martin Luther King Jr. and Dale Mabry), Tampa

Tickets: (813) 879-2244; yankees.com

Tonight: vs. Marlins, 7:05

Saturday: vs. Marlins, 1:05

Regular-season opener: Tuesday at the Astros.

Blue Jays and Phillies: Toronto and Philadelphia have concluded spring training in Florida. The Jays finish with exhibition games in Montreal against the Mets tonight and Saturday, and open the regular season Monday at the Rays. The Phillies finish with exhibition games in Philadelphia against the Pirates tonight and Saturday, and open the regular season Monday at the Rangers.

Jays' Hutchison, Yankees' Sabathia pleased with starts 03/27/14 [Last modified: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:05pm]

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