Spring has sprung; Eaton, Durbin make their debut

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Let's get right to it.

1) The atmosphere: In a word, beautiful. High 70's, partly cloudy (or is it partly sunny), packed house here at Bright House Field. The Yankees are in town, which means cultures are colliding here in Clearwater. Surprisingly, no fights yet out at the Tiki Bar in left field.

2) Housekeeping: Two quick notes to pass along. The Phils have re-signed pitcher John Ennis to a minor league deal. He entered camp on the 40-man roster, but was designated for assignment when the team signed Ray Olmedo earlier this week. Ennis is now a non-roster invitee. Also, CF Shane Victorino has agreed to a split contract. For those of you who failed the baseball verbiage portion of the SAT, a "Split Contract" means a player is paid one salary if he is playing in the majors, and another, lesser salary, if he plays in the minors. We have a sneaking suspicion Victorino doesn't have to worry about getting the lesser salary.

3) Durbin and Eaton debut:  Eaton allowed three runs in the first inning, all of which came with two outs. In the second, the righty didn't have much trouble, allowing a two-out single to Chris Woodward before striking out Brett Gardner to end the inning. Durbin allowed two runs in the third. He's still on the mound as we speak.

4) Through two-and-a-half, it's 5-0 Yankees.