Rogers posts scoreless outing in Yankees' loss

Righty pitches three innings; A-Rod goes 1-for-3 in his first road game

Rogers posts scoreless outing in Yankees' loss

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Caleb Gindl and Dayan Viciedo each had a pair of hits to lead the Blue Jays to a 1-0 victory over the split-squad Yankees in Alex Rodriguez's first road game of the spring on Saturday afternoon.

Rodriguez got the start at third base for New York and went 1-for-3 with a single off the wall in right field. He struck out in his first at-bat on three pitches and later flied out to right in his final appearance of the game. Rodriguez is 6-for-16 with a homer and two RBIs in seven games this spring.

The single by Rodriguez in the fourth inning was one of the only hard-hit balls against Blue Jays starter Daniel Norris, who pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out four. Norris continued to make a strong case that he should be awarded the final spot in Toronto's rotation as he competes against right-hander Marco Estrada.

Former Blue Jays pitcher Esmil Rogers got the start for New York and didn't allow a run over three innings. The outing didn't start on the most positive of notes for the righty as he surrendered a double off the top of the wall in left-center field to Russell Martin. The ball missed a home run by a foot or two, but Martin was later thrown out at home after a single by Josh Donaldson.

Toronto jumped in front during the bottom of the sixth inning. Utility man Steve Tolleson earned a two-out walk, stole second base and then came around to score on a single by Gindl. The run was charged to left-hander Tyler Webb, who allowed two hits and a walk in his inning of work.

Gindl continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Blue Jays this spring. The 26-year-old has nine hits -- including six doubles and a triple -- in 10 games during the Grapefruit League season. He is trying to make the team as a fourth outfielder behind the projected starting three of Michael Saunders, Jose Bautista and either Kevin Pillar or Dalton Pompey.

Up next: Right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will make his third appearance of the spring on Sunday as the Yankees host the Phillies at 1:05 p.m. ET at George M. Steinbrenner Field (listen on Gameday Audio). Eovaldi is coming off a dominant outing against the Rays on Monday, when he struck out five in three innings of work. Right-hander Sean O'Sullivan is scheduled to start for the Phillies.

Gregor Chisholm is a reporter for Read his blog, North of the Border, and follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.