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By the way, there was a game today

2/24/2013

TAMPA, Fla. -- It only seemed as if time stood still at The Boss a little after 1 p.m., when Curtis Granderson had to leave the game after being hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of the spring.

In reality, the game marched on sans Granderson for another two hours, and the Yankees lost, 2-0, to the Blue Jays. Adam Warren worked the first two innings, retired six of the seven batters he faced, and hit Brett Lawrie, the first Blue Jay to come to the plate after Granderson went down. Purely coincidental, he said.

The Jays got a run off Cody Eppley in the third on a triple by Anthony Gose and an RBI single by Emilio Bonifacio, and another in the eighth on an RBI double. The Yankees had 11 hits, one each by 11 different players. Every one a single except for Travis Hafner's fourth-inning double. And in a frightening reminder of last season, the Bombers went 0-for-7 w/RISP. New Yank Kevin Youkilis stranded five runners in his first two at-bats, although he hit the ball hard in all three of his at-bats.

All of it was secondary, of course, to the news that Granderson would miss 10 weeks with a broken right forearm, taking the Yankees most dangerous home run bat out of their lineup until approximately May 5.