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By MARK DIDTLER, Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 6, 2001


TAMPA -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said Monday he thinks he will make his spring training debut this weekend.

Jeter reported no pain in his ailing right shoulder Monday after throwing for consecutive days.

Jeter, who did not hit or throw five days last week because of joint discomfort, took part in a long toss session and had a soft-toss hitting session in a batting cage.

"Today we did more than yesterday," Jeter said. "It's been good. I haven't thrown as hard as I can, so we'll see."

Jeter could resume making throws from shortstop and taking live batting practice today.

SID'S BACK: Time passed quickly for Sid Fernandez.

"It doesn't feel like I missed three years," he said after pitching a perfect fifth inning.

Fernandez was making his first game appearance since retiring in 1997. He is with the Yankees on a minor-league contract, trying to win a spot as a fifth starter or reliever.

"I was a little nervous, but I calmed down once I got out there," he said. "It felt good to be on the mound again. To me, it's just like I'm settling into another spring training."

ACES UP: Orlando Hernandez worked two scoreless innings and Mike Mussina gave up two runs, one earned, over two innings in their initial spring appearances as the Yankees beat the Braves 10-5.

The Yankees scored five runs off Kevin Millwood in the third to take a 6-0 lead.

Alfonso Soriano, who is filling in for Jeter and will get a shot at the open leftfield spot, went 3-for-4 with two RBI. He is 8-for-14 overall.

Closer Mariano Rivera struck out two in the eighth. It was his first outing this spring after a bout with food poisoning.

ON DECK: Fifth starter candidates Randy Keisler and Adrian Hernandez are scheduled to pitch when the Yankees travel to Sarasota to play the Reds tonight.

ETC.: Leftfielder Shane Spencer, who did not work out over the weekend because of right knee tendinitis, took fly balls. ... Right-handed reliever Ramiro Mendoza (shoulder) was scheduled to throw batting practice today. ... Pitcher Scott Kamieniecki (back) reported no problems after his first batting practice session. He is scheduled to throw batting practice again Wednesday. -- MARK DIDTLER

No decision on Sirotka

LAKELAND -- The Blue Jays still are waiting for a decision on the disputed Mike Sirotka deal.

Toronto got Sirotka on Jan. 14 in a six-player trade that sent David Wells to the White Sox. Sirotka has been unable to pitch because of an injured left shoulder, and Toronto asked for compensation.

The Blue Jays and White Sox were asked to present documents to the commissioner's office. Among Toronto's proposals was the trade being rescinded.

Toronto general manager Gord Ash said there has been no contact between the Blue Jays and White Sox since Feb. 15. -- Times wires

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