TAMPA — Four-time Olympic gold medal sprinter Michael Johnson knows all about repeating a championship.
The World Series champion Yankees got to hear about the mental aspect of that process from the track great Monday, when Johnson talked to the team at the request of mental conditioning director Chad Bohling and manager Joe Girardi.
"It's easy to get complacent," Johnson said. "You've got to try and keep that hunger, and I think that's the most important challenge facing the entire team. How do you stay hungry? Go out there this year with the same type of drive and determination and motivation that they had last year that helped them to be successful."
The first step is putting the previous championship in the past.
"You celebrate, and then you start to focus on the upcoming season," Johnson said. "You have to find new goals. That's how I did it."
TEIXEIRA PLUNKED: 1B Mark Teixeira bruised his right elbow when he was hit by a pitch by Orioles RHP Jeremy Guthrie in the second inning.
doubly gifted: Ambidextrous minor-league pitcher Pat Venditte is expected to pitch in his first major-league spring training game today against Atlanta.
Jays: Eveland makes case for rotation
DUNEDIN — LHP Dana Eveland has done all he can to earn a spot in Toronto's rotation.
Eveland, 26, pitched six scoreless innings in a 2-2 tie with the Tigers on Monday. Eveland, who opened camp with an outside shot at landing a starting spot, had eight strikeouts and allowed four hits and a walk.
He has a 1.23 earned-run average, 19 strikeouts, 21 hits and six walks in a team-high 22 innings over six spring games.
"He's certainly been in the mix all spring because he's done a great job for us," manager Cito Gaston. "He certainly didn't hurt himself the way he pitched" Monday.
INJURY REPORT: RHP Brandon Morrow threw 52 pitches in a simulated game after being shut down for a week due to a dead arm. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out four of 14 batters, then said he "felt great, could've kept going." … 1B Lyle Overbay was pulled from the starting lineup as a precaution, saying he felt soreness in his left knee from a collision Friday with the Rays' Carl Crawford.
Phils: Romero sharp in return to mound
CLEARWATER — LH reliever J.C. Romero was smiling after his first game appearance of the spring.
Romero, who had left elbow surgery in October, pitched in a minor-league intrasquad game. He faced four batters and threw 13 pitches, striking out two without allowing a runner.
"I was pleased with my command," Romero told CSNPhilly.com. "It was better than I thought it would be."
Romero is expected to need minor-league rehabilitation time before he is activated, likely around mid April.
HAPP STRONG: LHP J.A. Happ capped his Grapefruit League schedule by reaching 90 pitches for the first time in a 5-4 loss to the Braves. He allowed two runs on three hits and struggled with his command, walking a spring-high five.
Happ's next appearance is in an exhibition game in Philadelphia on Saturday against the Pirates. He has a 3.06 ERA in six starts.
"I made some good pitches, but (batters) were ahead in the count and laying off them," Happ said. "They didn't have to swing the bat for a while, especially in the fourth inning. I have to be a little bit more aggressive, I guess."