Abreu, Matsui power Yanks past Sox
Pettitte allows three runs before departing in fourth inning
YANKEES 8, RED SOX 4
at Tampa, Fla.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Yankees at the plate: Hideki Matsui kicked off a three-RBI day with a ground-rule double down the left-field line to score the first two, and Robinson Cano followed with a two-run single to left. Bobby Abreu bashed his second spring homer an inning later, a towering two-run shot into the right-field party deck.
Red Sox on the mound: Operating on a pitch count, Bartolo Colon recorded only two outs in the first inning before the right-hander was lifted by manager Terry Francona, facing eight batters and allowing four runs on three hits. Colon walked three in the 41-pitch outing (21 strikes). Julian Tavarez relieved and allowed four runs on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings, and Javier Lopez allowed one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Yankees on the mound: Returning from a minor left forearm strain, Andy Pettitte threw 65 pitches, lasting 3 1/3 innings and allowing three runs on three hits. Pettitte walked two and struck out three in the effort, also tossing a wild pitch and serving up a home run to Youkilis. Jonathan Albaladejo threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings and lefty Billy Traber, continuing his bid to be in New York's bullpen, threw 1 2/3 scoreless, striking out two.
Grapefruit Leage records Boston 7-11; New York 10-7
Up next for the Red Sox: The Sox have their lone off-day of the spring on Tuesday, but center fielder Coco Crisp -- rehabbing his way back from a groin injury -- is expected to play in a Minor League game. The Red Sox will host the Blue Jays on Wednesday at noon ET in their final Grapefruit League contest. Daisuke Matsuzaka, the club's Opening Day starter, will pitch. Following that contest, the Sox will depart for their season-opening trip to Tokyo.
Up next for the Yankees: The Yankees are on their way to Virginia Tech University on Tuesday, boarding a morning flight to play a 3 p.m. exhibition with the Hokies at English Field. Jeff Karstens makes the start for New York, who will bring all of their "A" position players except for Hideki Matsui. Senior left-hander Andrew Wells will make the start for Virginia Tech.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.