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Yankees ace Sabathia escapes injury on liner back to box

TAMPA — The Yankees got a major scare in opening-day starter CC Sabathia's final spring outing.

The left-hander had Jason Ellison's line-drive RBI single go off his glove in the second inning of New York's 8-5 win over the Phillies on Wednesday.

"Not what to you want to see," New York manager Joe Girardi said. "I was a little nervous. Got mostly glove."

Sabathia remained in and allowed two runs and six hits in 32/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one during a 70-pitch outing.

"No problem," Sabathia said. "I'm ready just to get the season started. I'll be ready."

CHAMBERLAIN GETS PROBATION: RHP Joba Chamberlain pleaded guilty to drunken driving and was given nine months probation and a fine in Lincoln, Neb. Prosecutors dropped a charge of driving with an open alcohol container.

Phils eyeing Sheffield

TAMPA — OF Gary Sheffield, who is expected to clear waivers at 1 p.m. today, remains on the Phillies' radar.

"We have interest in him," GM Ruben Amaro told

"Again, nothing really can be done until after 1 p.m."

The Tigers waived the former Hillsborough High standout on Tuesday. Detroit manager Jim Leyland told reporters that Sheffield has drawn interest from three teams.

Sheffield, 40, has primarily been a DH the past two seasons and has played 18 games in the outfield in that time. Amaro wouldn't comment when asked if the team was comfortable with Sheffield's ability to play the outfield.

"I'm not going to get into specifics," he said. "All I can tell you is that we've talked to him, and we've talked to his agent."

The Phillies also have been scouting Rangers OF Andruw Jones.

Jays ace ready to go

DUNEDIN — RHP Roy Halladay is all set to make his franchise-record seventh consecutive opening-day start for the Blue Jays.

Halladay pitched six sharp innings in a 7-6 victory over the Nationals on Wednesday, giving up two runs, one earned, and five hits.

"I think it worked out well, to be able to get up to 95 (pitches) last time and just back off a little bit and feel a little stronger going in," said Halladay, who threw 62 pitches. "I feel ready."

OUT OF CHANCES: The Blue Jays released RHP Matt Bush for "failing to comply with team guidelines." Bush, the No. 1 overall draft pick as a shortstop by San Diego in 2004, was involved in a couple of alcohol-related incidents while with the Padres, who traded him to Toronto on Feb. 10.

The teams

Phillies vs. Nationals

1:05 p.m. today, Bright House Field, Clearwater

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