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>American League

New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez drove in a run for the sixth consecutive game, rotation candidate Freddy Garcia gave up five runs and five hits over six innings and the Yankees tied the Toronto Blue Jays, 5-5, in 10 innings. A-Rod also has a hit in all 12 games he has played in.

Kansas City Royals: Jason Kendall won't be behind the plate for the Royals' season opener, though he might be by mid-April. Kendall had extensive shoulder surgery last September and was expected to be out nine to 12 months, but he is way ahead of schedule.

Cleveland Indians: Third baseman Jason Donald will not be ready to open the season for the Indians because of a hand injury. Donald has a small crack in the base of the middle finger on his left hand.

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>National League

Pittsburgh Pirates: The Pirates got a mixed bag of injury updates on their ailing pitchers Saturday, with opening day less than two weeks away. Brad Lincoln is expected to be fine, a day after the right-hander was struck in his pitching arm by Jimmy Rollins' line drive. Joe Beimel, however, was scratched from a scheduled appearance Saturday against the Red Sox because of soreness in his left elbow.

San Francisco Giants: Closer Brian Wilson is being sidelined with a strained ribcage muscle, an injury that could keep the big-bearded major league saves leader out for the start of the season. Wilson will be re-evaluated on Monday. It is uncertain whether he will be ready for opening day.

Florida Marlins: Despite missing his last start because of a sore right elbow, Marlins starter Javier Vazquez said he felt fine after a solid performance Saturday at Roger Dean Stadium. Vazquez allowed two runs on three hits in four innings and got his pitch count to 69.

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Compiled from News and wire service reports.