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3 Stars: Wise, Granderson, Rapada

Lost in the hubbub surrounding the Michael Pineda situation, was the fact that not only was there a game tonight, but that the Yankees came back to win it, and big. After falling behind 6-1 after Pineda's 2-2/3 inning stint, the Yankees rallied to close the gap to 6-5 against old buddy Jonathan Papelbon, take the lead, 7-6, in the fourth inning, and finally to make a rout of the thing, which ended after nearly four hours after it began at 13-7.

Herewith are tonight's three stars:

Star #1: Dewayne Wise. In probably his last hurrah as a Yankee, the former Philly crushed two home runs and drove in three runs, raising his spring average to .412. Stuck on a team loaded with outfielders and DHs, Wise would be wise to exercise the out in his minor-league deal and try to latch on somewhere else.

Star #2: Curtis Granderson: Back in centerfield for the first time since suffering some elbow soreness earlier in the week, the Grandy Man hit his second homer of the spring in the third inning to start off the Yankees' comeback. Best of all: It came off Papelbon.

Star #3: Clay Rapada Rapada had a good day for a very bad reason: his main rival for the job of second-lefty-out-of-the-pen, Cesar Cabral, left the game with what looks like a serious elbow injury, which probably means Rapada wins the job by default, although he, too had an excellent spring -- 0 earned runs in 8.1 IP. He also got the win in this one, throwing a scoreless seventh inning.