Igawa sharp as Yankees blank Phils
Lefty tosses five shutout frames; Abreu makes spring debut
YANKEES 2, PHILLIES 0
at Tampa, Fla.
Tuesday, March 20
Phillies at the plate: Philadelphia was limited to just two hits through the first seven innings, with Shane Victorino opening the game with a single and Pat Burrell beginning the second inning with another hit.
Yankees at the plate: Johnny Damon brought in the first run of the game in the fifth inning with a one-out single to left, scoring Robinson Cano. Miguel Cairo got to Ryan Madson for New York's second run with a double to left in the seventh. Making his 2007 Grapefruit League debut after a right oblique strain suffered Feb. 26, outfielder Bobby Abreu went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Phillies on the mound: Zack Segovia looked strong in his first spring start, limiting New York to two hits through the first four innings before allowing a run in the fifth. The 23-year-old walked none and struck out two, making his second appearance this spring against the Yanks, having also pitched two innings of relief on March 4.
Yankees on the mound: Kei Igawa turned in arguably his most impressive outing of the spring, finding better command and limiting Philadelphia to two hits through five innings. The 27-year-old walked three, struck out three and had a little help from his defense in a 65-pitch (38 for strikes) effort, with two double plays, including an 8-6-3 twin killing that ended the second. Mariano Rivera pitched a scoreless sixth inning, striking out three. He has allowed just three baserunners all spring.
Grapefruit League records: Phillies 7-13; Yankees 12-7-1.
Up next: After a day off on Wednesday, the Yankees travel to Sarasota, Fla., to face the Reds on Thursday, facing off at 7:05 p.m. ET. Righty Carl Pavano (0-1, 5.63 ERA) is scheduled to start for New York, with righty Kyle Lohse (1-0, 1.59 ERA) going for Cincinnati.
The Phillies travel to Dunedin, Fla., on Wednesday to play the Blue Jays at 1:05 p.m. Right-hander Freddy Garcia is scheduled to start for Philadelphia, with right-hander Josh Towers going for Toronto.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.