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Gose's 3 straight steals lift Jays

FORT MYERS — Anthony Gose ran all over the Red Sox on Thursday, helping the Blue Jays to a 3-2 victory to extend their spring training winning streak to 10 games.

Gose led off the eighth with a walk off LHP Justin Thomas, then stole second, third and home for what turned out to be the winning run.

"I never saw anybody steal second, third and home in the same inning in my career," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "He is obviously exciting. He can take over on the basepaths. He has a combination of pure speed, plus the ability to read some things. You just turn him loose. He's a pure basestealer."

Gose, 21, drafted in 2008 by the Phillies, had four steals in the game and has seven during spring training. He has 194 steals in four minor-league seasons.

With one out in the sixth, Gose reached on an error by 3B Kevin Youkilis, stole second and went to third on an error by former Rays C Kelly Shoppach. Rajai Davis walked and stole second, and Eric Thames followed with a two-run single to right.

Yanks: Granderson back

TAMPA — The Yankees got good news about two injured outfielders.

Curtis Granderson went 1-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Orioles after missing two games because of right elbow soreness.

"Curtis was great," manager Joe Girardi said.

Granderson, the designated hitter, singled in the third. He might play centerfield tonight.

"I hope so," Granderson said. "Everything is good."

RF Nick Swisher, out with a groin injury, hit in a minor-league game for the second straight day. It hasn't been decided if Swisher will rejoin the team today.

Rotation candidate Ivan Nova pitched in a Triple-A game, giving up three runs and seven hits in 7⅓ innings.

If Phil Hughes fills one of three rotation openings as expected, Girardi hinted that he is leaning toward Nova. On Wednesday he talked up Freddy Garcia, meaning Michael Pineda looks like the odd man out.

Girardi is taking into account Nova's work last season (16-4, 3.70 ERA): "You can get caught up in judging people in spring training, and sometimes that judgment is not always true for what you'll see during the season.''

Garcia will pitch in the minors today, while Pineda goes against the Phillies tonight in Tampa.

Phils: Pierre sticks

CLEARWATER — The Phillies selected the contract of OF Juan Pierre from Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He will be on the opening-day roster, getting an $800,000, one-year contract with the chance to earn $300,000 in bonuses.

Pierre, 34, went 2-for-2 against the Rays. He is a .296 hitter in 12 seasons with the White Sox, Dodgers, Cubs, Marlins and Rockies.

"He's started playing better over the last four or five games," manager Charlie Manuel said of Pierre (.313 in 23 games). "I look at where he could fit in some of the lineups, and he's done a little bit of everything."

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Gose's 3 straight steals lift Jays 03/29/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 30, 2012 12:02am]
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