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Afternoon notes: Jeter, Pettitte in action

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The Yankees beat the Rays, 3-1 today on some good pitching by Ivan Nova (4 scoreless IP, 4H) and Brett Marshall (3-2/3IP, 1 unearned run), and RBI single by Slade Heathcott and a two-run pinch-hit single by Bobby Wilson. But the real main event comes on Wednesday in Tampa:

CAPTAIN COMEBACK: Derek Jeter is scheduled to play shortstop for the first time this spring, or in fact, for the first time since breaking his left ankle in Game 1 of last year's ALCS against Detroit, Wednesday night against the Phillies. Jeter made his spring debut as a DH on Saturday and singled on the first pitch he saw, but has yet to show if the injury robbed him of any range or lateral movement in the field.

HANDY ANDY: It's finally time to get a look at Andy Pettitte in real, live game action on Wednesday against the Phillies after a series of side sessions, bullpens and live BPs. Pettitte will face Cliff Lee in a 7:05 p.m. start that be televised on the YES Network and broadcasted on WCBS-AM 880.

MO, TOO: The Yankees Holy Trinity will be complete when, and if, Mariano Rivera comes in as scheduled in relief of Pettitte tomorrow. Rivera threw a scoreless inning, with two strikeouts, in his spring debut not long after announcing his impending retirement on Saturday.

JOEY NUMBERS:I introduced Joe Girardi to one of my addictions, KenKen, this morning, and by the end of today's game he had subscribed to a couple of KenKen websites for the long bus ride home. For those of you who worry about such things, KenKen is not a banned substance, just a difficult and fiercely addictive number puzzle. We'll see if Girardi winds up thanking me or cursing me for this.