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Yanks to tune up against USF today

TAMPA — The Yankees open spring training play at 1 p.m. today with an exhibition against USF at Steinbrenner Field.

Any Yankees scheduled to play Saturday in Clearwater against the Phillies will get only one at-bat today, while the other starters should get two at-bats.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he plans to use seven pitchers today: Adam Warren, Brett Marshall, Dan Burawa, Juan Cedeno, Graham Stoneburner, Ryan Pope and Kevin Whelan.

Early East vs. East? Girardi said he was okay with a proposed new rule that a team can play another club from its own division in the Division Series, even if it that opens the door for the Yankees to potentially play the Red Sox or Rays.

"I don't have a problem with that, because it's by record," he told "That's why I'm a big proponent of a balanced schedule. It just, to me, makes everything seem a little bit more right in my mind."

Miscellany: 2B Robinson Cano rejoined the team after being absent for three days due to the death of his grandmother. He won't play today. … Non-roster RHP Manny Delcarmen will miss four or five days because of a right lat muscle injury.

Phillies: Victorino eyes five-year deal

CLEARWATER — OF Shane Victorino, set to become a free agent after the season, said this week he would like to get a deal done soon and might be open to a hometown discount to avoid free agency and get five years, reported.

"If it's a significant difference, I have to weigh my options more than anything," Victorino said. "I won't say I won't take a hometown discount, but I also will say I want to maximize my opportunity with not only what I've accomplished as an individual but as part of a team."

He said negotiations might continue during the year: "I'd like five years, yeah. Why wouldn't I? I signed for three (on his last deal). Why wouldn't I want the next one to be longer?"

Wise move: RHP Jose Contreras, who had elbow surgery in September, threw live batting practice without any apparent issues. He also moved his Ford F-750 truck that had been parked beyond the rightfield fence. On Wednesday, OF Domonic Brown bounced a homer off the roof and set off the alarm.

Jays: Us vs. Us in free game today

DUNEDIN — The Blue Jays play a six-inning intrasquad game at noon today at the Bobby Mattick Training Center, featuring pitchers Ricky Romero against Brandon Morrow. Today's game, a tuneup for Saturday's exhibition opener against the Pirates, is open to the public. Other pitchers scheduled to throw include: Jason Frasor, Chad Jenkins, Drew Hutchison, and Nelson Figueroa.


Blue Jays

Where: Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Intrasquad game: noon; gates open at 11 a.m.


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Where: Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Workouts begin: 10 a.m.


training; (727) 467-4457


Where: Steinbrenner Field, corner of Dale Mabry and Martin Luther King, Tampa

Exhibition: 1 p.m. vs. USF


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