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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter indifferent to hitting leadoff

TAMPA — LHP CC Sabathia, the Yankees' opening day starter, allowed one run and four hits over 72/3 innings as New York beat the Reds 4-1 Friday night.

Sabathia, who had seven strikeouts, retired 16 in a row after Norris Hopper hit a two-out, RBI single in the second.

"Just to see the sixth, seventh inning is definitely big," Sabathia said. "Go out there and get used to it."

Closer Mariano Rivera needed just five pitches to work a perfect ninth that included one strikeout.

hitting 1 or 2: SS Derek Jeter says it makes little difference to him if he hits leadoff instead of second in the lineup.

"You hit 60 seconds earlier than you normally do," Jeter said. Manager Joe Girardi is looking at flip-flopping Jeter, the usual No. 2 hitter, and leadoff man Johnny Damon this season.

Jays: Ace looks part

BRADENTON — RHP Roy Halladay has that opening day look, limiting the Pirates to one run and four hits over seven innings of a 4-1 victory.

Halladay gave up a double and run-scoring single in the second, then permitted only one hit over his final five innings as he lowered his ERA to 3.67.

Halladay struck out four and didn't walk any.

Trade: The Blue Jays sent C Curtis Thigpen, 26, to the Athletics for a player to be named or cash considerations, MLB.com reported. Thigpen was the team's second-round pick in 2004, but his stock fell the past two seasons, when he appeared in 57 games for the big club and hit .229 with one homer and 12 RBIs.

Also, pitchers Mike Maroth and Rick Bauer were released.

Phillies: Myers' spot

KISSIMMEE — RHP Brett Myers gave up four runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings during the Phillies' 6-5 loss to the Astros.

"It's good to recognize it early when you're not going to have powerful, strikeout stuff," Myers said. "You're going to have to pitch. And today I felt like I did that. I located well, better than I did the last time."

With Cole Hamels battling an elbow injury, Myers could end up making his third consecutive opening day start.

Trade: Left-handed reliever Jack Taschner (3-2, 4.88 ERA in 2008) was acquired from the Giants for C Ronny Paulino.

The teams

Blue Jays vs. Tigers

1:05 today, Dunedin Stadium

Blue Jays: Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin. Tickets: Call toll-free 1-888-525-5297 or (727) 733-0429 or online at bluejays.com

Phillies: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater. Tickets: Call (727) 467-4457 or online at phillies.com

Yankees: 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. Tickets: Call (813) 879-2244 or online at yankees.com

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