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Claiborne roughed up as Yankees fall to Blue Jays, 10-6, in Dunedin

Righty allows six runs without recording an out, spring ERA now 14.29
03/26/2014 5:22 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Carlos Beltran was 2-for-3 against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.(AP)
Preston Claiborne's rough spring continued, as he allowed six of the eight Blue Jays runs in the fifth inning of Wednesday's 10-6 Toronto win over the Yankees in Dunedin.

Claiborne and Fred Lewis were on the business end of the outburst that saw eight of the Jays' 12 batters score and ex-Yankee Melky Cabrera go 2-for-2 with 2 RBI in the inning. The two runs charged to Lewis were the first he's allowed all spring, but Claiborne's six runs allowed (without recording an out) raised his spring ERA to 14.29, a stat manager Joe Girardi was concerned about.

"(Claiborne's) stuff has not been the same for whatever reason," Girardi said of his spring performance after the game.

The Yankees actually sprinted out to a 6-0 lead in the game. They got the board early when Kelly Johnson ripped a bases-loaded double in the first inning to make it 2-0, and tacked on four in a second inning that saw eight men bat and Dean Anna (RBI double), Carlos Beltran (two-run double), and Alfonso Soriano (sac fly) all pick up some RBI.

Starter Chris Leroux, who went three innings, held the Jays at bay for the most part, allowing his first run of the spring on Brett Lawrie's second-inning solo homer and giving up another in the third thanks to three straight two-out singles.

Matt Daley retired the only batter he faced in the fourth and Lewis recorded the other two outs, but that was where the wheels fell off for the Yankees bullpen.

Ryan Goins opened the fifth inning with a double off Lewis, and Cabrera followed with his first single to cut the lead to 8-3 and chase the lefty. Claiborne then came in but allowed all six of his batters to reach , with the following sequence - Jose Bautista double, Edwin Encarnacion hit by pitch, Adam Lind two-run single, Brett Lawrie RBI ground-rule double, Colby Rasmus walk, Maicer Izturis two-run single - leaving successor Jim Miller with two on, none out, and an 8-6 deficit.

Miller got Dioner Navarro and Goins to fly out - the former on a sac fly that made it 9-6 - but allowed an RBI double to Cabrera before finally getting Bautista to fly out to end the inning.

The Yankees bullpen bent but did not break beyond that, with Miller (2 IP, 1 H, 1 K), Danny Burawa (1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB), and Yoshinori Tateyama (1 IP, 1 H, 1 K) holding the Jays scoreless, but the Jays bullpen was better, keeping the Yankees off the board almost entirely; after Jays starter R.A. Dickey escaped a bases-loaded, two-out jam in the third by getting Derek Jeter to fly out, six relievers combined to allow just three hits and one walk in the final six innings - with two of those runners erased via double play - while striking out eight along the way.

Offensively, the Yankees finished with 10 hits (seven of which came in the first three innings), with Beltran (2-for-3) the only player with more than one. Jeter was 1-for-2 with a walk to raise his spring average to .143, but the hot-hitting Francisco Cervelli went 0-for-3 to drop his mark to .417.

With their third straight loss, the Yankees drop to 15-12-2 in the Grapefruit League and 16-12-2 on the spring overall. Just three games remain on the docket and the next is their final road trip of the spring, a Thursday afternoon trip to Bradenton to face the Pirates. CC Sabathia will start that game, and full coverage begins on YES at 1 p.m.

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