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Yankees name practice fields after four retired greats

TAMPA — The Yankees have named the four fields at the team's minor-league complex in Florida to honor Billy Martin, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

The fields reflect the number worn by the Yankees' legends:

1. Billy Martin Field.

2. Derek Jeter Field.

3. Babe Ruth Field.

4. Lou Gehrig Field.

The Yankees have retired the uniform numbers of Martin, Ruth and Gehrig, with Jeter expected to join the list.

The facility hosts Yankees minor-leaguers during spring training. The extended spring training program and rookie-level Gulf Coast League teams use the complex during the regular season.

Jays: Looming issue

DUNEDIN — RF Jose Bautista already told the Blue Jays what it'll take to keep him. 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion doesn't think he'll be back.

It's too early for the defending AL East champions to worry about losing their biggest sluggers. Then again, letting them walk could have a positive impact on Toronto's future.

"If you deduct that from the payroll and you're still a contending team, you're going to add back players that offset (the loss) and obviously you get draft picks," Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said. "Those aren't things we're thinking about now."

Bautista, 35, made it clear when he arrived for spring training that he wants a significant raise. Encarnacion, 33, told the Toronto Sun he doesn't think he figures into the team's plans.

GIBBONS DEAL: The Blue Jays and manager John Gibbons have come to terms on a contract restructuring, mlb.com reported. The contract includes a pay raise and guarantees Gibbons' salary through 2017.

Phils: Nola strong

LAKELAND — Phillies RHP Aaron Nola pitched effectively in a 4-3 win over the Tigers but didn't get an April assignment.

Nola, 22, one of the team's top prospects, pitched six innings and gave up one run, two hits and two walks.

"We don't want to put a number on anybody at this point," manager Pete Mackanin said. "We don't have a (Clayton) Kershaw or (Zack) Greinke type, but one of them might develop into that type of pitcher. We'll know something by (today) or the next day."

INJURY REPORT: OF Odubel Herrera's sore left middle finger is becoming is a concern. Herrera missed his eighth game Monday. "I kind of thought he would be further long than he is, but he says he still feels something there," Mackinaw said.

Yankees name practice fields after four retired greats 03/21/16 [Last modified: Monday, March 21, 2016 8:56pm]
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