Pitching dominant as Blue Jays blank Yanks
Happ, Cecil, Germano, Vargas each throw two scoreless innings
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Blue Jays got stellar pitching and some timely hitting to defeat the Yankees, 2-0, on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Toronto opened the scoring in the third inning, as Anthony Gose ripped a deep two-out triple to center field off right-hander Cody Eppley. Emilio Bonifacio followed with a single up the middle to push the run home. The Blue Jays tacked on another run in the eighth on Sean Ochinko's RBI double.
Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ, who is competing for a long relief job, turned in two scoreless innings around three singles, striking out one. Brett Cecil, Justin Germano and Claudio Vargas each also threw two shutout innings.
"The first inning, I was rushing a little bit, and not quite getting the extension I needed," Happ said. "Going out for that second inning, I felt much better. I was taking my body toward home instead of first there."
Happ hit Yankees left fielder Curtis Granderson with an inside fastball in the top of the first inning, forcing Granderson from the game. The Yankees announced that Granderson had fractured his right forearm and will be out at least 10 weeks.
Yankees right-hander Adam Warren pitched two scoreless, hitless innings in the start. Warren, who made one big league appearance for New York last season, walked none and struck out two with a hit batsman.
"For me, I'm just trying to get better, get into that rhythm of pitching and just try to show I can pitch at this level," Warren said. "That's the big thing for me, to get comfortable early and try to stay that way."
The contest marked the Yankees' home exhibition opener at Steinbrenner Field, the club's spring home since 1996. Pregame ceremonies featured a flyover by a Coast Guard C-130 and two Blackhawk helicopters.
Up next for the Blue Jays: R.A. Dickey will make his spring debut in a Toronto uniform on Monday, as last year's National League Cy Young Award winner will test his trademark knuckleball against the Boston Red Sox in a 1:05 p.m. ET start in Dunedin. The Red Sox will counter with right-hander Steven Wright in a contest that be heard in an exclusive Blue Jays webcast.