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Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki unhurt in car crash

TAMPA — Yankees OF Ichiro Suzuki said he had no soreness Sunday, one day after being involved in a traffic accident.

Ichiro was on his way home after Saturday's spring game against the Tigers when the accident occurred about 3 miles from Steinbrenner Field in Tampa.

"Not at all," Ichiro said through a translator when asked whether he felt any discomfort. "My body just didn't react, I guess."

According to mlb.com, Ichiro was traveling south on Dale Mabry Highway around 4 p.m. when his Land Rover SUV struck another driver who was attempting to turn left across traffic onto West Kennedy Boulevard. Ichiro said he had the green light.

"The car was turning left and turned into me," Ichiro said. "I slammed on the brakes but couldn't do anything about it."

Ichiro said his vehicle was totaled after being struck almost directly in front toward the driver's side. The driver of the second vehicle was cited by police. She was identified as Linda Trange Le, the New York Post reported.

Manager Joe Girardi expects Ichiro to play in Tuesday night's game against Atlanta.

GAME DETAILS: CF Brett Gardner was the only regular in the Yankees' starting lineup in a 5-2 win over the Red Sox. RHP Jose Ramirez allowed three hits in three scoreless innings.

Phils: Red-hot sluggers

CLEARWATER — Ryan Howard is showing his pre-injury form. And Domonic Brown is flashing the form that once made him the Phillies' top prospect.

Howard hit a go-ahead three-run homer off Blue Jays LHP Brett Cecil that cleared the back fence and went out of Bright House Field as a Philadelphia split squad beat Toronto 13-5. "He's starting to get his legs under him," manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's getting his stroke."

The first baseman, who missed spring training and the first half of last season while recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon, is hitting .417 (10-for-24) with three homers, three doubles and 10 RBIs in nine spring games.

Brown also hit his third spring homer, a solo shot off LHP Aaron Loup. Competing for a starting outfield job, the former Pasco High standout is batting .350 (7-for-20) in nine games.

"He shows you power," Manuel said. "He just has to get more consistent and so far this spring, he's really looked good."

B GAME: RHP Kyle Kendrick allowed four runs and four hits in two innings in a 12-3 loss to the Orioles in Sarasota.

Jays: Surprise bid

DUNEDIN — RHP Dustin McGowan is set to pitch from a mound Tuesday for the first time in almost a year, and he could compete for a bullpen job, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told the National Post of Toronto.

Once considered one of the building blocks of Toronto's rotation, McGowan, 30, has made five big-league appearances since having shoulder surgery in 2008. He had shoulder and neck pain during this camp that turned out to be minor.

"I'm very excited, but I'm also a little nervous, too, because it's been so long," he told the National Post. "We'll just see how things go Tuesday."

Assuming no further setbacks, McGowan could wind up in long relief, Gibbons said. "He's in the picture," he said.

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Yankees' Ichiro Suzuki unhurt in car crash 03/03/13 [Last modified: Monday, March 4, 2013 12:15am]
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