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© St. Petersburg Times, published March 10, 2001

Jeter could get at-bats at DH

ST. PETERSBURG -- Derek Jeter is scheduled to make his spring training debut today when the Yankees host Philadelphia.

Jeter, who has missed the first eight games of the exhibition season with a sore shoulder, worked out at Legends Field in Tampa on Friday as New York traveled to St. Petersburg for a game against the Rays. That marked his third consecutive day of full workouts without problems.

Manager Joe Torre said the All-Star shortstop will play against the Phillies, although his exact role is to be determined. Jeter filling in at designated hitter rather than starting in the infield is a possibility.

"He'll do something tomorrow," Torre said. "He'll get some at-bats. Instead of playing two or three innings, I may decide to get him four at-bats."

Torre joked that he had told designated hitter David Justice that he was playing shortstop today.

EL DUQUE SORE: Orlando Hernandez reported stiffness in his forearm and was examined by team physicians. X-rays were negative, but he'll get a precautionary MRI exam.

Hernandez pitched two innings Friday, giving up one hit and striking out three.

ETC.: Ramiro Mendoza (shoulder) threw 10 minutes of live batting practice and reported no problems. He's scheduled to make his first game appearance Monday. ... Scott Kamienecki (back) is scheduled to throw Sunday. -- MARK DIDTLER

Double trouble for Daal

DUNEDIN -- All five Blue Jays hits off Phillies starter Omar Daal were doubles. Daal, a 19-game loser last season, pitched five innings of one-hit shutout ball in two earlier spring appearances.

He allowed his first run of the spring in the first on Raul Mondesi's double. Pat Burrell got the run back with a sacrifice fly in the third, but in the bottom of the inning two Phillies errors preceded Carlos Delgado's two-run double and Tony Batista's run-scoring double.

ADIOS: Veteran infielder Domingo Cedeno asked for and was granted free agency so he could play in Mexico. Cedeno, 33, a non-roster player in camp, was in 32 games for the Phillies in 1999, batting .152. EXTRA GAME: The Phillies play a split-squad game Sunday against the Rays in St. Petersburg. The game was not on the teams' original schedules.

SEEMS LIKE OLD TIMES: Third baseman Scott Rolen, who missed the final five games of 2000 with stiffness in his lower back but had said he felt fine this spring, complained of stiffness Friday. -- BRUCE LOWITT

Sirotka enjoying a laugh now

DUNEDIN -- There probably won't be a "Sirotka Rule," but teams will be more vigilant in the wake of the disputed trade between the Blue Jays and White Sox, Toronto left-handed pitcher Mike Sirotka said.

"You mean like a Three-MRI Rule?" he said, smiling when asked if his name might become a footnote in baseball's trade policies.

"I think that teams, when there's an injured player involved, will be a little more cautious and will do their homework quite a bit more," Sirotka said, adding, "not that the Blue Jays didn't."

He said he was not surprised by commissioner Bud Selig's ruling. "I think it would have set a pretty tricky precedent," said Sirotka, who will miss at least part of the season. "It had to be rather strict with the enforcement of the trade, considering both teams had exchanged information."

Sirotka threw for the first time this spring.

"It was just good to throw, no doubt about it," he said after his five-minute soft toss with bullpen coach Gil Patterson.

ALL SIGNED: The Jays said they signed outfielders Brian Simmons ($225,000) and Dewayne Wise ($218,000) and infielder Chris Woodward ($223,000) to one-year contracts. All Jays on the 40-man roster are under contract for 2001. -- BRUCE LOWITT

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