Yankees rally late to down Devil Rays
Three-run eighth inning leads Bombers to win over Tampa Bay
YANKEES 3, DEVIL RAYS 1
at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Friday, March 2
Yankees at the plate: Derek Jeter's first-inning single off James Shields was the only hit by Yankees regulars. Josh Phelps hit the hardest ball of the game when his seventh-inning shot off Shawn Camp hit off the left-field wall so hard that he was held to a single.
Rays at the plate: Rocco Baldelli's leadoff single in the fourth off Yankees right-hander Darrell Rasner ended a nine-inning streak in which the Rays' starting lineup did not get a hit. The streak dated back to Wednesday's six-inning intrasquad game in which the Rays did not manage a safety. Shawn Riggans' infield single with two out in the seventh drove home Fernando Perez for the Rays' first run of the season.
Yankees on the mound: Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and pitched two innings, retiring the Rays in order on 20 pitches -- 15 of which were strikes. The veteran left-hander's performance came a day after Chien-Ming Wang started for the Yankees and retired the Twins in order during his two innings of work.
Rays on the mound: Shields pitched one inning and showed a nice changeup when striking out Yankees leadoff hitter Johnny Damon; the right-hander allowed one hit and one walk. Right-handed non-roster invitee Gary Glover retired the Yankees in order on three groundouts during a one-inning stint.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees 2-0; Rays 0-1.
Up next: The Yankees host the Pirates on Saturday at Legends Field in a 1:15 ET contest. Right-hander Mike Mussina will make his first start of the spring. The Rays play the Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla., at Knology Park in a 1:05 p.m. contest. Left-hander Scott Kazmir is scheduled to start and pitch two innings for the Rays.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.