Norris strong as Blue Jays shut out Yankees

Lefty goes 3 1/3 innings; Gindl puts Toronto ahead in the sixth

Norris strong as Blue Jays shut out Yankees

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.

"It's a good place to start building," Norris said after his outing. "It was OK. I wasn't as sharp as I would have liked to have been, but it's a matter of going out there and competing and that's what it's all about."

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: Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will get the start when the Blue Jays host the Canadian Junior Team in a 1:07 p.m. ET start on Sunday at Florida Auto Exchange (listen on Gameday Audio). The split-squad game will feature some of Canada's up-and-coming players, while the Blue Jays also will provide some Canadian content with Martin and Pompey among those expected to be in the lineup. Two players to watch on Team Canada include Pompey's younger brother Tristan and outfielder Demi Orimoloye, who might go as early as the first round in this year's First-Year Player Draft. In the other split-squad game, Toronto will hit the road to visit the Braves at 1:05 p.m. with Estrada getting the call for the Blue Jays (listen on Gameday Audio).

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.