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• Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson will hold a benefit for his Grand Kids Foundation on Friday between 5 p.m.-10 p.m. ET at "The Patio" in Tampa, Fla. Granderson will mingle with fans and be a guest bartender. He will also be joined by some of his Yankees teammates. For more details, visit

• Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has liked what he has seen this spring out of Thomas Neal, who has seemed to be overlooked in the outfield competition. Girardi said that Neal, who saw big league time with the Indians last year, "just seems to know how to play the game."

• Right-hander Jose Ramirez had been stellar in his first three appearances of the spring, permitting just four hits and no runs in nine innings. The 23-year-old's fortunes reversed on Thursday as the Blue Jays hammered Ramirez for six earned runs in one-third of an inning, with four walks and two hits.

"You know, it happens," Girardi said. "You move on."

Yankees right-hander Adam Warren also struggled mightily in the contest, allowing eight runs on four hits with five walks in 1 1/3 innings.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.
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