TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mike Mussina finished strong after some early struggles.
Mussina allowed four runs in six innings and Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run homer Saturday for the New York Yankees in a 4-4, 10-inning tie with the Toronto Blue Jays.After giving up three runs in the first, Mussina settled down. He yielded seven hits overall."I felt pretty good for the most part," he said. "Once that inning ended, I got breaking balls over for strikes. It's getting better. It didn't look that great, but I thought it was OK."Blue Jays starter Victor Zambrano gave up two runs and four hits in four innings. He struck out three and walked two."It was my first start since last year," Zambrano said. "I'm getting pretty close. By the end of the spring I will be there."Zambrano went 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA last year for the New York Mets. He underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery May 15.Vernon Wells had an RBI double and Frank Thomas hit a two-run single to put the Blue Jays up 3-0 in the first. Mussina threw 34-pitches in the inning.Wells drove in another run on a second-inning double.The Yankees pulled to 4-2 in the fourth on RBI singles by Hideki Matsui and Robinson Cano.Zambrano needed 38 pitches to get through three innings. He threw 38 in the fourth.New York tied it at 4 in the sixth when Bobby Abreu tripled and scored on Rodriguez's homer to center off Casey Janssen.Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said closer B.J. Ryan, sidelined by a lower back strain, could pitch in three or four days."He'll get into a couple of games before we break camp," Gibbons said.Ryan plans to play long toss on Sunday.
Mussina threw 56 of 79 pitches for strikes. Yankees C Jorge Posada didn't play because of flulike symptoms. Blue Jays OF Alex Rios will leave the team for a few days to attend his grandfather's funeral in Puerto Rico. Toronto reassigned RHPs Brian Wolfe and Blaine Neal to its minor league camp. The Yankees reassigned LHP Ben Kozlowski, C Raul Chavez, INFs Andy Cannizaro and Angel Chavez and OF Bronson Sardinha to their minor league camp. ... Blue Jays RHPs Roy Halladay and A.J. Burnett will pitch in minor league games for their final starts of spring training, Gibbons said.