Three innings will do

DUNEDIN, Fla. — It’s trying to rain here at Knology Park right now — roughly 45 minutes before the first pitch between the Yankees and Blue Jays. Toronto’s Jesse Litsch is scheduled to throw three innings, so he’ll be hoping the showers hold off until the fourth.

Then again, a rainout would let Litsch skip the lineup the Yanks brought. New York didn’t hold back — with the exception of a missing Robinson Cano, who apparently had a dentist appointment. Litsch’s last time out, he got knocked around by Detroit’s regular lineup, sans Gary Sheffield.

Not a whole lot of news from the pregame. Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said he likes Vernon Wells’ in the third spot of Toronto’s lineup — much like has been the case for the past few years. With that being the case, it’s looking more and more like Alex Rios will be in the two hole.

Another tidbit from pregame was Gibby indicating that right-hander Jason Frasor — the invisible man of the ‘pen often last year — isn’t fighting for a job this spring. As far as Gibbons is concerned, Frasor has nothing to worry about and has a spot in the bullpen reserved. Frasor’s been sick all week and is scheduled to make his first game appearance on Wednesday.

The Idiot of the Game Award goes to the person who was the reason behind this pregame announcement: "If there is someone here who owns a Red Lexus with the liscense plate XXXXX that is parked across the street, your car is running and the doors are locked." With that…

Today’s lineups:

NEW YORK (2-0-1) at TORONTO (2-3-0)
at Knology Park at 1:05 p.m. ET

Johnny Damon, LF
Derek Jeter, SS
Bobby Abreu, DH
Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Jason Giambi, 1B
Jorge Posada, C
Shelley Duncan, RF
Melky Cabrera, CF
Bernie Castro, 2B

PITCHING: RHP Phil Hughes, LHP Kei Igawa, and others

David Eckstein, SS
Scott Rolen, 3B
Reed Johnson, RF
Vernon Wells, CF
Frank Thomas, DH
Lyle Overbay, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Shannon Stewart, LF
Gregg Zaun, C

PITCHING: RHP Jesse Litsch, LHP Scott Downs, and others

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