How Blue Jays beating aided Ron Marinaccio’s journey from Toms River, N.J. to Yankees bullpen

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TAMPA — The Yankees threw one of their wet-behind-the-ears relievers to some of the biggest and baddest baseball wolves during their March 23 spring training game in Dunedin.

The Toronto Blue Jays had most of their scary lineup in that day and the top of the lineup was coming up when hard-throwing righty Ron Marinaccio entered to pitch the bottom of the fourth with the Yanks trailing 4-1.

What went down over this long inning, one in which the Jays roughed up Marinaccio for five unearned runs, became an important learning experience that helped key the Toms River product’s successful quest for a first big-league opportunity as a member of the Yankees’ season-opening bullpen.

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