Posada carries Yankees over Rays
Serving as DH, veteran homers before hitting ground-rule double
YANKEES 5, RAYS 1
at Tampa, Fla.
Thursday, Feb. 26
Rays at the plate: Ben Zobrist logged the Rays' first hit of the afternoon with a fourth-inning single, and Tampa Bay got on the board in the seventh inning with an RBI single by Jon Weber off the glove of backup shortstop Eduardo Nunez to score Elliot Johnson.Yankees at the plate: Jorge Posada opened the third inning with a solo home run, clubbing the first pitch he saw this Grapefruit League season onto the right-field picnic deck, and he followed with an RBI ground-rule double to center field in the fifth. Mark Teixeira stroked a single in his first game wearing pinstripes, and Xavier Nady hit a ground-rule double, scoring on Posada's double. Shelley Duncan hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to put the game away.
Rays on the mound: Wade Davis turned in a strong outing to open his spring season, hurling two innings of hitless ball while striking out three. Chad Orvella surrendered a home run in one inning, striking out one, and Winston Abreu fired a scoreless fifth around a hit.Yankees on the mound: Phil Hughes pitched two scoreless, hitless innings, though he hit two of the first three batters he faced. Hughes walked one and struck out one, throwing 33 pitches, including 22 strikes. Phil Coke turned in two scoreless innings of one-hit ball, striking out one. Brian Bruney pitched a perfect fifth inning, recording one strikeout. Grapefruit League records: Rays 0-2; Yankees 2-0 Up next: The Rays will host the Red Sox on Friday, matching up in a 1:05 p.m. ET start in Port Charlotte, Fla. Right-hander Jeff Niemann will start for Tampa Bay, with righty Michael Bowden taking the ball for Boston.
The Yankees will make their longest road trip of the spring, going up against the Twins on Friday at 1:05 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla. Right-hander Ian Kennedy will start for New York, with righty Scott Baker getting the start for Minnesota.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.