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First homer of spring training feels good to Carlos Beltran

Carlos Beltran fouls off a pitch from Pittsburgh

Carlos Beltran fouls off a pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano in the first inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game in Bradenton, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Credit: AP / Gene J. Puskar

DUNEDIN, Fla. - Like most veterans, Carlos Beltran doesn't make too much of spring training results.

Still, hitting a baseball flush is satisfying at any time of year, and the rightfielder certainly liked the feeling in Sunday's third inning when he tattooed a fastball from Blue Jays righthander Todd Redmond well over the wall in right for his first exhibition homer.

"That's why we're here, to try to get our swings and our timing back," the 36-year-old switch hitter said. "It always feels good every time you square a ball and hit it good."

Beltran's left big toe was packed in ice after the game. He said it was the result of a "hard" batter's box and not an injury of any kind. "It's no big deal," he said.

Soriano improving

Alfonso Soriano, sidelined for more than a week with flu-like symptoms -- though it remains somewhat of a mystery exactly what the illness has been -- hopes to get in a game early this week.

"More like kind of a little dizzy," Soriano said of the symptoms he still has. "I think it's because my body's been off for a week. But I think this week, I'll feel 100 percent and I'll start playing again."

Tex nearly ready

Mark Teixeira, recovering from surgery on his right wrist, has been brought along slowly, but the plan is for him to make his spring training debut Thursday or Friday.

"I think sometimes you worry about their anxiousness to get out there,'' Joe Girardi said, "but I think Tex has been pretty smart about the way he's gone about his work."

Clubhouse evacuated

The Yankees had to deal with an unexpected inconvenience shortly after arriving at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium. As they began to unpack their bags and get dressed, the smell of smoke wafted into the clubhouse, caused by a fire in an adjoining laundry room. The clubhouse was evacuated for about five minutes, with no damage done to any of the Yankees' belongings.

Extra bases

Girardi said Masahiro Tanaka will make his second appearance Thursday when he starts against the Phillies in Clearwater . . . The Yankees hit three homers against the Blue Jays: Beltran's solo shot, a two-run blast by Eduardo Nuñez -- which preceded Beltran's -- and a three-run homer by John Ryan Murphy . . . Girardi said Vidal Nuño is a candidate for a bullpen spot with the big-league club should he not make the rotation. "He's lefthanded, he can give you some innings, he can get lefthanders and righthanders out," Girardi said. "I think you have to look at it."

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