Shortly after 1 p.m. Monday at the Yankees' minor-league complex, two games began on adjacent fields against the Blue Jays involving mostly Single-A players from both organizations.
The two starting pitchers for the Yankees, however, were anything but low-level prospects -- Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera.
"I'm sure these guys pulled up and were like, what in the world is going on here?" Pettitte joked afterward. "Definitely having to face Mo over there, for sure."
With prospects who weren't even playing cramming around the backstop, Rivera -- returning for what he's announced will be his final major-league season after missing most of 2012 following knee surgery -- threw two innings for the first time this spring.
"I wanted to stretch it (out) a little bit," Rivera said. "I have to throw. I was here, so why not? Beautiful day."
Even at 43, Rivera did what he's done throughout his career, breaking bats and mowing down overmatched opponents. He struck out four of the six batters he retired while allowing no hits.
"I think he made the team," Girardi joked.