The only thing that spends more time in a hitting cage than Raul Ibanez is the L-screen that protects the batting practice pitcher from getting drilled.

The veteran left-handed hitter is in the cage before, during and after games, constantly tinkering with his swing.

Thirteen games into his first spring training with the Yankees, Ibanez hasn't found a comfortable groove at the plate. He is hitting .083 (2-for-24) after going hitless in three at-bats yesterday.

"A lot of it has to do with feeling comfortable and finding your timing,'' Ibanez said after the Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 7-5, yesterday. "I am in between timing mechanics right now.''