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Derek Jeter will play in first game March 10

Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano share a laugh

Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano share a laugh before warming up for a spring training game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Steinbrenner Field. (Feb. 24, 2013) Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

TAMPA, Fla. -- After disclosing that Derek Jeter will return to game action March 10, Brian Cashman was asked if he thinks that will leave enough time to get the shortstop ready for the regular season.

"Twenty days of Derek Jeter in spring training is still better than whatever the alternatives we're going to run out there," Cashman said. "So, yes."

Jeter, who did agility drills and ran with his teammates for the first time Saturday, probably could play sooner.

"Physically, he's capable of doing everything," Cashman said before Sunday's 2-0 loss to the Blue Jays. "It's just we're being very cautious about how we take him out of the gate."

Jeter will begin as the DH. "I've learned patience as I've played longer," he said. "What did I tell you when I first got here? That I'm a couple of weeks behind what everyone else is doing anyway."

No intentA half-inning after J.A. Happ broke Curtis Granderson's right forearm with a fastball, the Yankees' Adam Warren hit Brett Lawrie to lead off the second.

Was it retaliatory? "It may have looked that way," Warren said, "but I can tell you it wasn't . . . It was a two-seamer that just got away."

An old friendDrew Henson, who had a star-crossed career in baseball and football after the Yankees made him their third-round pick in 1998, will be the hitting coach for their second Gulf Coast League rookie ball team, which begins play this season. "I think he'll be real good at it," said first-base coach Mick Kelleher, the club's roving minor-league infield coach when Henson was in the system. "Has a great mind. An analyzer."

Welcome backGarden City High School graduate Matt Daley, appearing in a game for the first time since May 31, 2011, pitched a scoreless fourth. The righthander, who had labrum surgery in August 2011, allowed a double to Lawrie but retired three straight, striking out two. Daley, 30, graduated from Garden City in 2000.

Extra basesPhil Hughes, out with two bulging discs in his upper back, is off anti-inflammatories and began three to five days of pool work . . . Hiroki Kuroda, Dellin Betances and Mark Montgomery pitched live BP. Andy Pettitte, who threw his first live BP session Friday, threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday. He will throw at least one more BP session or a simulated game before appearing in his first game.

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