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Yankees' Jeter may miss opening day

TAMPA — Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he doesn't know if injured captain Derek Jeter will be available to play on opening day.

The shortstop received an anti-inflammatory injection in his surgically repaired left ankle and missed his second straight spring game Wednesday.

"At this stage, I just don't know, so all I can do is acknowledge it's a possibility," Cashman said when asked if Jeter would be ready for opening day. "We've got to be in a position where he plays a full nine innings of defense and be able to do back-to-back (games) and all this other stuff. We'll see how he responds, but I can't give you certainty now that what he's just experienced isn't going to push it back a little bit."

Cashman didn't rule out Jeter, who turns 39 in June, starting the season on the disabled list.

"We've got to do what's right for him," Cashman said. "Whatever's right for him will be right for us. I'm not saying he's going to (go on the disabled list), but I can't tell you (he) won't be. I don't think it's anything serious, I just think it's a timing issue."

Cashman said he doesn't know when Jeter will resume playing in spring games. He was removed from the lineup against the Phillies on Tuesday for precautionary reasons.

FORESHADOWING? Eduardo Nunez, who might replace Jeter at short, had a hit and RBI and made an error in the Yankees' 4-0 win over the Red Sox.

NEWTOWN TRIBUTE: The Yankees and Red Sox will honor the community of Newtown, Conn., and the memory of those killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the teams play opening day April 1 at Yankee Stadium.

Jays: Pitchers labor

SARASOTA — RHP Jeremy Jeffress, who's trying to make Toronto as a reliever, started and allowed three solo homers in the second inning of the Blue Jays' 6-5 loss to the Orioles.

"They have a very big jet stream here. Some of the hits were off the end of the bat. They put a pretty good swing on some of the hits," Jeffress said.

"I feel great about the whole work — what I did" Wednesday.

Manager John Gibbons wasn't quite as pleased with Jeffress' work.

"He scuffled, I mean they whacked him around pretty good," Gibbons said.

"He's in the mix. Overall he's had a good spring."

RHP Guillermo Moscoso, claimed on waivers from the Royals on Saturday, made his first appearance for Toronto and allowed three runs on five hits in the third.

Phillies: Nothing set

CLEARWATER — There's one certainty in the Phillies' lineup: Ryan Howard will bat cleanup as usual.

Manager Charlie Manuel plans to try various batting orders in the final 10 days of spring training, including moving Jimmy Rollins out of his leadoff spot. The lineup probably will change numerous times after the season begins.

At least Manuel is sure about Howard hitting fourth. The 2006 NL MVP has been a fixture in that spot.

"Howard is the only guy in our lineup capable of knocking in 130-150 runs," Manuel said.

Chase Utley will bat in his usual spot ahead of Howard most of the time except when Manuel wants to break up his left-handed hitters. He has at least four lefties starting: Howard, Utley, Domonic Brown and Ben Revere.

"We're not going to line up all of those left-handed hitters because when the season starts, we'll see better left-handed pitching," Manuel said. "They're going to save those left-handed pitchers for us. I don't think we can afford to hang four or five lefties in a row."

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