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Alex Rodriguez likely to stay in Tampa when Yankees travel to Port St. Lucie to play Mets

The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez inspects his bat after

The Yankees' Alex Rodriguez inspects his bat after taking batting practice before an exhibition game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - CC Sabathia will make his second start of spring training on Sunday against Matt Harvey and the Mets in Port St. Lucie.

One Yankees star who might not make the trip is Alex Rodriguez. Joe Girardi said Rodriguez likely will stay in Tampa when the Yankees play two games on the East Coast of Florida. The second will be Monday in Viera against the Nationals.

Rodriguez, after playing six innings at third base Tuesday, remained in Tampa Wednesday as the Yankees faced the Braves at Disney. Rodriguez took batting practice and worked on fielding bunts at third base. He also worked on his swing with two sessions of underhand toss after batting practice. He's hitting .300 this spring.

Sabathia, coming back from knee surgery, pitched two innings and allowed two runs in his first outing on Tuesday.

Jeter in Japan

Derek Jeter appeared in Tokyo Wednesday with former teammate Hideki Matsui to promote a weekend charity baseball event. Jeter and Matsui will put on a baseball clinic, compete in a home run derby and throw out ceremonial first pitches.

"I need to get away from [baseball] for a little while," Jeter said when asked about his plans. "I've been doing it professionally for 23 years. At this moment, I'm not thinking about getting back in the game. My ultimate dream is to one day own a team, but that's in the future."

Jeter, who lives in Tampa, has not visited the Yankees during this spring training.

Matsui, who was recently named a special adviser to GM Brian Cashman, said: "Having Jeter here is a wonderful thing. . . . The kids taking part in this event will be thrilled."

Extra bases

Stephen Drew and Brian McCann hit their first home runs of the spring Wednesday night in the Yankees' 12-5 win over the Braves . . . Former A's closer Andrew Bailey, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, allowed an unearned run on two hits in his first outing for the Yankees.

With Greg Auman in Tampa, Fla., and AP in Tokyo

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