Ranked by Baseball America as one of the game's top prospects, Jays' rookie righthander Kyle Drabek is in a three-man battle for two rotation spots with nine days to go at spring training. On an off-day for the major-league Jays, the 23-year-old Texan took the short drive to the Mattick Complex to start for Triple-A Las Vegas against a Yankee minor-league team. Drabek threw 88 pitches over six shutout innings, allowing five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

"I felt great all spring training," Drabek said. "I thought I've thrown the ball pretty well. Changeup's been a lot better, so I'm real happy with that. I had a changeup that I threw, but it wasn't the best. I've been working on it a lot this spring, so it's come together pretty well. I used to be (afraid), but not any more. They were telling me last year that it would be a big pitch so I worked as hard as I could on it to get it to where I need it."