Yankees 8

(13-12, 5-8 away)

Blue Jays 3

(14-8, 8-4 home)

    1:05 PM ET, March 28, 2005

    Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, Dunedin, Florida 

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    New York 8, Toronto 3

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Womack was hit in the left knee by a pitch from David Bush and had to leave the New York Yankees' 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday

    Womack was hit two pitches after Jorge Posada homered in the second inning. The Yankees' new second baseman was taken to a nearby Tampa hospital for X-rays, which were negative. He will have an MRI on Tuesday.

    "It hurts," Womack said. "It doesn't feel good."

    Yankees manager Joe Torre didn't rule out Womack returning this week.

    "They'll do all the tests," Torre said. "Hopefully it's just a couple days."

    When asked if he thought it was intentional, Womack said, "You'd have to ask him. Second pitch after the bomb, it's not that far-fetched."

    Bush denied any premeditation even though Yankees starter Jaret Wright hit Reed Johnson in the first.

    "I'm never going to throw at a guy just because I'm getting hit around," said Bush, who gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings.

    Both benches were warned after Womack was hit.

    Wright then plunked Orlando Hudson on an 0-1 pitch with Johnson on first and no outs in the third but was allowed to remain in the game.

    "I'm was happy that the home plate umpire (Chad Fairchild) didn't overreact when Jaret hit Hudson," Torre said. "Just because somebody else gets hit, you've still got to allow the pitcher to pitch in and off the plate."

    Ruben Sierra and Gary Sheffield also homered for the Yankees. Wright allowed two runs and four hits over six innings.

    Bernie Williams went 2-for-4 in his first major league game since straining his upper back March 20. He flew out, singled, grounded out and had an RBI triple after going 2-for-5 with a walk in a minor league game Sunday.

    Yankees closer Mariano Rivera allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in the second half of back-to-back games. Rivera missed a week earlier this spring with mild bursitis in his right elbow. He has given up two hits in seven shutout innings this spring.

    "I'm ready," Rivera said. "I feel good. No doubts."

    Sierra homered for the second straight game, putting the Yankees up 3-0 with a three-run shot in the first.

    Posada had a solo homer, and Sheffield hit a two-run shot during a four-run second that gave New York a 7-0 lead.

    Eric Hinske had a run-scoring single in the second. Corey Koskie got the Blue Jays within 7-2 on a third-inning RBI double, ending Wright's scoreless innings streak at 12.

    Toronto's Shea Hillenbrand had a solo homer in the ninth.

    Game notes

    Torre plans to announce the Yankees' rotation Tuesday. Since the Yankees have three off days during the first 10 games of the regular season, one starter will be skipped the first time through. "We'll use all five starters by the (April) 15th," Torre said. ... Torre confirmed that the Yankees' regular 1-2-3 hitters will be Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez and Sheffield. Womack will bat ninth. ... Blue Jays LHP Ted Lilly (left shoulder) will pitch in a minor league game Thursday. ... Blue Jays OF Gabe Gross sat out with minor neck stiffness. He should return Tuesday. ... New York INF Rey Sanchez (sore thumb) was a defensive replacement at shortstop in the sixth, and went 0-for-2.

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