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Yankees may play Jeter, Rivera today

JUPITER — SS Derek Jeter might make his first game appearance since breaking an ankle in October when the Braves visit the Yankees today.

Manager Joe Girardi said he will talk to Jeter this morning.

"I won't be giving him any must-gos," Girardi said after losing 6-1 to the Marlins on Friday. "We'll see how he feels."

Girardi said Jeter will be the designated hitter until he's ready to return to shortstop.

Today could also be the first game appearance of closer Mariano Rivera since he injured his knee in May. According to multiple media reports, Rivera will announce today in a news conference that he is retiring after this season, his 19th with New York.

Jays: Meshing well

KISSIMMEE — Even though the Blue Jays have plenty of new faces after a winter makeover, newcomer Josh Johnson said the team is already one big, happy family.

Johnson struck out five in 3⅔ hitless innings of a 7-1 win over a Braves split squad. The right-hander, who went 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA for the Marlins last year, was acquired over the winter and lowered his spring ERA to 1.17. He struck out four of the last five batters he faced.

"We are all getting used to each other," he said of his new teammates. "I'm feeling good about it and so is everyone else. The difference between here and last season is tremendous. This was like a family as soon as we started."

Johnson has been working on a changeup this spring and plans to add it to his repertoire.

Short hops: OF Anthony Gose went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs to improve his spring average to .375. His homer was the Jays' 19th of the spring, highest in the Grapefruit League.

Phils: Brown stays hot

PORT CHARLOTTE — There's just no stopping OF Domonic Brown this spring.

Brown singled, had his hand stepped on diving back to first base, then singled again against AL Cy Young winner David Price in the Phillies' 3-2 loss to the Rays. Brown is hitting .424 in the spring with three homers.

"He's probably the bright spot of spring training because of the way he's hitting," manager Charlie Manuel said. "And he's getting better in the outfield, too."

Rays 1B James Loney stepped on Brown's right hand as he dove back to first on a pickoff attempt in the first inning. It left a mark, but Brown stayed in the game and singled to left in the fourth.

"It's all good," he said.

Plus-minus: RHP Kyle Kendrick started and struck out three, including Evan Longoria to finish a 1-2-3 first, with his change­up over his four innings. But the Rays also got five hits and three runs, all with two outs. "It's something to build off of," Kendrick said. "Nothing great. But it was decent. I was happy to get my pitch count up."

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Blue Jays

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

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

Today: vs. Tigers, 1:05

Phillies

Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

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

Today: vs. Rays, 1:05 Radio: 620-AM

Yankees

Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive

(corner Martin Luther

King and Dale Mabry), Tampa

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

Today: vs. Braves, 1:05

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