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Spring training Game 2: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

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Brett Gardner CF
Ichiro Suzuki RF
Robinson Cano 2B
Mark Teixeira 1B
Curtis Granderson LF
Kevin Youkilis 3B
Travis Hafner DH
Eduardo Nunez SS
Chris Stewart C

RHP Adam Warren (7-8, 3.71 in Triple-A last year)
Warren has never faced any of the Blue Jays (at least not in the big leagues)

Anthony Gose CF
Emilio Bonifacio 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Brett Lawrie DH
Luis Jimenez 1B
Henry Blanco C
Ryan Langerhans RF
Andy LaRoche 3B
Lance Zawadzki SS

LHP J.A. Happ (10-11, 4.79 ERA last year)
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TIME/TV: 1:05 p.m., YES Network

WEATHER: Temperatures in the 70s, but with about a 50 percent chance of rain. Been cloudy most of the day.

UMPIRES: HP Vic Carapazza, 1B Marty Foster, 3B David Rackley

WELCOME HOME: Today is the Yankees spring training home opener. It’s the team’s 18th consecutive season at Steinbrenner Field (formerly called Legends Field).

ANOTHER LEFTY: For the second time in two games, the Yankees will face a left-handed starter. Of course, this time they’re using — for the most part — their regular right-handed lineup. Travis Hafner isn’t going to get many starts vs. lefties in the regular season.

FAMILIAR FACE: Former Yankees outfielder Melky Cabrera is back at Steinbrenner Field after spending the past two years with teams that do spring training in Arizona.

WHAT TO WATCH: Yankees starter Adam Warren could be this year’s David Phelps if enough doors open. … This will be our first look at Brett Gardner in center field and Curtis Granderson in left; also worth seeing whether Gardner or Ichiro Suzuki make an early case for the leadoff spot. … It’s the Yankees debut for Kevin Youkilis and Travis Hafner. … Chris Stewart gets his first turn behind the plate in this spring’s catcher competition.

UPDATE, 1:11 p.m.: Quick inning for Warren: Strikeout, ground out, strikeout. He’s through the first inning.

UPDATE, 1:15 p.m.: Pretty good at-bat and a leadoff single for Gardner.

UPDATE, 1:22 p.m.: Looked like Granderson was hit in the right wrist. He’s coming out of the game. Not a great sign.

UPDATE, 1:24 p.m.: Deep fly ball for Youkilis in his first at-bat. Came a few feet away from a grand slam, instead left the bases loaded.

UPDATE, 1:27 p.m.: Passed ball for Stewart.;Cervelli wins the job. I fully expect an official announcement postgame.

UPDATE, 1:32 p.m.: Warren looked pretty sharp in his two innings. He hit a guy, but that was his only base runner. He just ended teh second inning with a runner stranded at second.

UPDATE, 1:36 p.m.: Chris Stewart with a base hit. But of course offense doesn’t matter. Cervelli still clearly in the lead for the everyday job.

UPDATE, 1:39 p.m.: Here’s Eppley to pitch.

UPDATE, 1:48 p.m.: Gose triples to center, well over Gardner’s head, and Bonifacio follows with an RBI single to put the Blue Jays in front 1-0.

UPDATE, 2:05 p.m.: Single for Mustelier, but the innings ends with a line out by Youkilis (he’s hit the ball hard twice today with nothing to show for it).

UPDATE, 2:06 p.m.: Bruised right forearm for Granderson. Sent for precautionary X-rays. That’s all we know for now.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m.: Leadoff double for Hafner, got to third on a Nunez grounder. Now it’s up to Gardner to drive in the run with two outs here in the fourth.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m.: Here’s lefty Francisco Rondon. Added to the 40-man this season. Yankees love his arm, just needs to get his command worked out.