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Spring Training Notebook: Youkilis Nearing Return for Boston
-- PHILLIES: Kyle Kendrick kept himself in the race for the final spot in the rotation. The right-hander pitched his best game of the spring, yielding two runs and five hits in five innings during a 2-1 loss to the Twins.
Philadelphia also received encouraging news about ace left-hander Cole Hamels, who threw off a mound for the first time since leaving camp last Tuesday with elbow tightness.
-- YANKEES: Right-hander Phil Hughes was one of four players optioned to the minors, despite posting a 2.19 ERA in four spring training appearances.
-- CUBS: Third baseman Corey Koskie, 35, has called off his comeback, two days after taking himself out of a game because he felt lightheaded. Koskie, who played in three games, had a concussion in 2006 while playing for the Brewers and has not appeared in the big leagues since.
-- BRAVES: Tom Glavine pitched three pain-free innings against his former team in his first start this spring, allowing two hits in a 12-1 win over the Mets. Glavine, who turns 43 on Wednesday, is coming off elbow surgery.
-- MARINERS: Mike Sweeney's chances of making the team keep improving. Sweeney, a non-roster invitee who is attempting a comeback after having surgery on both knees in June, is hitting .381 this spring. "I feel wonderful, my swing feels good," he said.
-- BOONE SURGERY SET: Third baseman Aaron Boone, 36, will have open heart surgery on Thursday at the Stanford University Medical Center. Physician D. Craig Miller will perform the procedure to correct a problem with Boone's aorta and aortic valve, and recovery is expected to take several months.