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Gary Sanchez gunned down two runners in the third inning Sunday.

TAMPA — In case anyone has forgotten: You do not run on Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez showed off his cannon behind the plate not once but twice in the third inning Sunday, throwing out a pair of Blue Jays trying to steal second. Jon Berti and speedster Ezequiel Carrera were the victims of the 24-year-old catcher’s incredible arm in the Yankees’ 7-2 exhibition victory at Steinbrenner Field.

“I don’t know why they run,” Starlin Castro said. “It’s unbelievable, because both of them got a good jump and they were both out by two feet. It’s pretty amazing. Not even close.”

Sanchez threw out 41 percent of potential base-stealers last season.

Castro said Sanchez’s throwing ability reminds him of Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, an eight-time Gold Glove award winner.

“Everybody talked about his hitting, but he’s pretty good behind the plate, too,” Castro said.

Sanchez feels the same way throwing out runners as hitting home runs, “because I’m contributing, I’m helping the team, I’m helping my pitcher and it’s exciting.”

Four-time stolen base champion and ex-Yankee Tim (Rock) Raines was coaching first for Toronto’s B team in its split-squad game.

“He can throw. He can throw,” Joe Girardi said of Sanchez. “They had the stolen base guru at first base today. I was having a little fun with Rock over there, who has a great sense of humor and was a great teammate. But Gary’s arm strength is special. It changes the complexion of a game.”

 

“He can throw. He can throw,” Joe Girardi said of Sanchez. “They had the stolen base guru at first base today. I was having a little fun with Rock over there, who has a great sense of humor and was a great teammate. But Gary’s arm strength is special. It changes the complexion of a game.”

UPCOMING STARTERS

Here’s a look at the upcoming starters for this week: Chad Green (Monday at Baltimore), Masahiro Tanaka (Tuesday vs. Detroit, split), Luis Cessa (Tuesday at Boston, split), Bryan Mitchell (Wednesday vs. Atlanta), Adam Warren (Thursday vs. Baltimore), Luis Severino (Friday at Toronto) and Michael Pineda (Saturday at Detroit).

ELLSBURY DEBUTS

Jacoby Ellsbury went 0 for 3 with a run scored in his spring debut. Ellsbury batted second behind Brett Gardner and played center field. The Yankees still may ultimately decide to separate the two lefties at the top of the order.

ANDUJAR PRAISE

Girardi said of 21-year-old third base prospect Miguel Andujar Saturday: “This kid’s got a lot of potential. He’s got power to all fields, he can run the bases and he’s got a very good arm. For him, I think it’s more about reps. I look at him and say he’s going to be a big-league player, he just needs more reps.”

BETANCES THROWS

Dellin Betances threw a simulated game Sunday. He’ll make his exhibition debut for the Yankees Wednesday. He plans to make two or three appearances before leaving for the World Baseball Classic on March 5.

 

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