Toronto 7 New York (AL) 5

By on March 14, 2012

Derek Jeter takes infield with a big smile and the ladies watching (Eddie Michels photo)

DUNEDIN, Fla.—Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers and drove in four runs as the Toronto Blue Jays

beat  their AL East rival the New York Yankees 7-5 Wednesday in Grapefruit League play.

Encarnacion was 3-3 overall and scored three runs playing left for the first time this spring.

“We want to make sure we have his bat in the lineup,” said manager John Farrell, “Whether he is playing first, third, left or right.”

JP Arencibia got his second homer of the spring, a two run shot in the fourth to give Carlos Villanueva the win.

The Yankees Freddy Garcia took the loss but was not around at the end as he was struck on his pitching hand in the fourth by leadoff hitter Encarnacion.  He was taken to Tampa with a contusion on his right/pitching hand.

Brett Lawrie continues his nuts and bolts play going 2-3 at the plate with a double and triple raising his average this spring to .591.

“We see him as a solid base runner,” said Farrell of stretching a double into a triple in the fifth, “We see a solid ball player.”

Lawire, shown here in a Dunedin rehab assignment in July, is having a hot spring. (photo by Eddie Michels)

Derek Jeter (Eddie Michels photo)

Toronto starter Henderson Alvarez, in the mix for one of the starting spots, went three innings allowing one run on four hits, walking none and striking out three.

“He threw the ball today like we hoped he would,” said Farrell, “”He worked quick and threw strikes.”

The Blue Jays travel to Kissimmee on Thursday to face the Astros, RHP Dustin McGowan is scheduled to start and go three innings.

TRANSACTIONS: The Blue Jays optioned to their minor league camp on Wednesday RHP Trystan Magnuson, SS Adeiny Hechavarria and OF Moises Sierra.

BLUE JAYS NOTES: Manager John Farrell spoke of Hechavarria being sent to the minor league camp.  “The next time we see him will probably be during the major league season, he has made a marked improvement from last year.” …As to the battle for the left field spot Farrell said it was, “On going.”  It was in reference to the fact that Edwin Encarnacion was starting in left field Wednesday.

It doesn't happen very often at a Toronto Blue Jays spring training game but Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees was a sellout and that brings out the scalpers. The gentlemen in the center of the photo with the dark shirt and wide brimmed white hat is shown doing business at the corner of Douglas and Beltrees across the street from the ball park. Soon after this picture was taken the individual left as he appeared to be out of tickets. (Eddie Michels)

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