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Winston, FSU face Yankees in Tampa spring opener

Jameis Winston, making the transition from football to baseball, is expected to join Florida State University in Tampa on Tuesday, when the Seminoles meet the New York Yankees in an exhibition game.

First pitch for the Yankees' spring training opener is slated for 1:05 p.m. at Steinbrenner Field.

Winston, 20, the Heisman Trophy winner who led the Seminoles to the BCS national title in January, has shown his versatility on the diamond with appearances on the mound, in the field and at the plate.

As a reliever, Winston has retired 12 of 13 batters he's faced and has not allowed a run for FSU (6-0). Coach Mike Martin noted that Winston showed an effective slider and a fastball with unusual movement.

Last season, Winston batted .235 with a .377 on-base percentage, and was 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA and two saves. The Texas Rangers selected him in the 15th round of the 2012 draft.

Right-hander Mike Compton (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start for FSU. The Yankees will open with left-hander Vidal Nuno.

Yankees captain Derek Jeter, returning from an ankle injury, is not expected to play until Thursday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said over the weekend he may get some regulars into the game.

FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

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