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Jays' Marcum eager for opener after pasting

DUNEDIN — Toronto RHP Shaun Marcum quickly started looking ahead after his worst spring outing.

He was hit hard in a 14-10 loss to the Rays on Friday, allowing nine runs and nine hits over five innings, raising his ERA to 8.10.

"It's a good thing to get that out of the way and move on and get ready for the next start," said Marcum, scheduled to start the April 5 opener at Texas.

Marcum struck out two and walked two in his third spring start and second against big-league batters. He missed half of the 2008 season and all of last year due to elbow surgery.

"That's the first bad outing he's had all spring training," manager Cito Gaston said. "Good to have it now, not later."

1B Lyle Overbay left with a bruised left knee after he got tangled up with Carl Crawford on a close play in the first. Overbay is day to day. 1B/3B Kyle Phillips had three hits and four RBIs for Toronto's split-squad.

Meanwhile … In Fort Myers, RHP Brett Cecil tossed five scoreless innings in his first spring start, but the other half of the Jays' split squad lost 3-2 to the Red Sox. Cecil gave up two hits, struck out four and walked one. Boston scored three runs in the ninth inning.

Yanks: A-Rod meeting with feds delayed

Alex Rodriguez's meeting with federal investigators probing a Canadian doctor was delayed, and the third baseman went 0-for-3 against the visiting Phillies in Tampa rather than traveling to Buffalo, N.Y.

The meeting was postponed by mutual consent, the Associated Press reported, and has not been rescheduled.

"Whether I talked to them today or next week, it will be done and, hopefully, it will be done before opening day (April 4), and we can move on," Rodriguez said.

Investigators want to interview A-Rod about his treatment by Dr. Anthony Galea after hip surgery last year. Galea faces four charges in Canada related to human growth hormone and Actovegin. The physician has said he prescribed anti-inflammatories for A-Rod, not HGH.

New No. 5: RHP Phil Hughes, a day after becoming the fifth starter ahead of Joba Chamberlain, allowed one run and two hits in three-plus innings in a 3-0 loss to the Phillies. Hughes, 23, struck out five and walked four. Chamberlain, who will pitch out of the bullpen today, is in the mix for setup man.

Phillies: Moyer shines in fifth-starter battle

TAMPA — LHP Jamie Moyer bolstered his bid to win the fifth starter spot by giving up one hit over 62/3 innings in a 3-0 victory over the host Yankees. Moyer, 47, had two offseason surgeries (sports hernia, left knee). "Go wing it and see what happens," said Moyer, who struck out six and hit one batter with a pitch.

fast facts

Yankees

Where: George Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa. Today: at Tigers, 1:05, Lakeland. Information: yankees.com

Phillies

Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Today: at Twins, 1:05, Fort Myers.

Information: phillies.com

Blue Jays

Where: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Today: at Pirates, 1:05, Bradenton. Information: bluejays.com

Jays' Marcum eager for opener after pasting 03/26/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 27, 2010 12:55am]

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