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Jose Bautista, Blue Jays beat Phillies

Liking it: Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was pleased with the overall movement of his pitch in his first spring game outing.

Associated Press

Liking it: Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was pleased with the overall movement of his pitch in his first spring game outing.

DUNEDIN — Jose Bautista kept up his torrid start to the spring, hitting two doubles and driving in two runs Thursday as the Blue Jays beat the Phillies 7-5.

A day after hitting a long home run against the Phillies in his first at-bat of exhibition play, Bautista had an RBI double in the first inning off ace Cliff Lee.

Bautista finished 2-for-2 with a walk. The former two-time major-league homer champion missed the final six weeks last year because of a hip injury.

Jose Reyes, Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera also drove in runs for Toronto.

"I thought we swung the bats pretty good," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.

Gibbons liked how many of Toronto's hits were up the middle or to the opposite field.

"Against a lot of lefties and things like that, you have to be able to do that, and I think it was progress for us," he said.

On the mound: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey walked back-to-back batters with one out in the first of his spring debut, but overall he allowed one unearned run on two hits, with two strikeouts in two innings.

"It was moving quite a bit. It was tough to find the zone for a bit because it had such depth late," he said. "It was a good sign all around, really. They only hit pieces of it. The two hits I gave up were little flares."

Yanks: Jeter hitless in first game test

TAMPA — SS Derek Jeter got a partial standing ovation before going hitless in two at-bats in the first spring game of his final season, an 8-2 loss to the Pirates.

The Yankees captain, who turns 40 in June, hit a double-play grounder to second in the first inning and grounded out to third during the fourth.

Limited to 17 games last season because of leg injuries, Jeter was at shortstop in his first exhibition season appearance. He broke his left ankle in the 2012 ALCS and did not appear at shortstop last spring until March 13.

"I felt like I haven't played a game in a couple years," Jeter said. "I think just getting into a game, feeling good, that's what I was most excited about."

Manager Joe Girardi said Jeter will not travel for today's game in Lakeland against Detroit, but he will be in the lineup when New York hosts Philadelphia on Saturday.

Phillies: Shaky at first, Lee rights himself

DUNEDIN — Starter Cliff Lee gave up doubles to two of the first three batters he faced, then stopped the Blue Jays in the Phillies' 7-5 loss.

Lee allowed two hits and a run in two innings. He struck out three and walked none. Lee remains the favorite to start on opening day March 31 at Texas.

"Obviously I'm trying to throw strikes," Lee said. "I made a couple mistakes. The first double was, for sure, a mistake. I tried to throw a backdoor cutter and it ended up right down the middle."

"And then (Jose) Bautista, I just missed on the pitch before and tried to throw the same pitch. It wasn't a bad one, it's just you get into a 2-2 count with him in that situation is not where you want to be. He put a good swing on it."

Philadelphia's offense featured a pair of homers by bench hopefuls: Darin Ruf hit a two-run shot in the third and John Mayberry Jr. had a solo drive in the sixth.

Short hops: Right-handed reliever Mike Adams threw off the mound for the first time since shoulder surgery on July 31 and reported no problems. He hopes to join the bullpen at some point in April. … RHP Ethan Martin, who entered camp competing for the fifth starter's job, left after facing four batters in the fifth inning with shoulder discomfort. He will be examined by the medical staff this morning.

Blue Jays

Games: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: (727) 733-0429; bluejays.com

Today: vs. Pirates, 1:05

Phillies

Games: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Tickets: (727) 467-4457; phillies.com

Today: vs. Tigers (ss), 1:05

Yankees

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

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

Today: at Tigers (ss), 1:05

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