Four homers prop up Yankees in win
Matsui, Ransom, Swisher, Melky go yard against Phillies
YANKEES 10, PHILLIES 2
at Clearwater, Fla.
Thursday, March 26
Yankees at the plate: Derek Jeter hit leadoff, which is where he is expected to be in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day. He hit a single in the first inning and scored on Hideki Matsui's two-run home run down the right-field line to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Cody Ransom hit a solo home run to left field in the fourth inning to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Jeter doubled and scored on Johnny Damon's RBI single in the fifth to make it 4-2. Nick Swisher and Melky Cabrera each homered in the eighth.
Phillies at the plate: Chase Utley put a great swing on a 3-1 pitch from Joba Chamberlain in the first inning for a solo home run to right field. It was his second homer of the spring and his second in as many games. Ryan Howard followed Utley with an opposite-field shot, his seventh of the spring to lead the Majors.
Yankees on the mound: Chamberlain allowed three hits, two runs and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three.
Phillies on the mound: Right-hander Carlos Carrasco entered the spring as a candidate for the fifth-starter's job. He is no longer a candidate, but he continues to pitch to gain experience before he starts the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He allowed six hits, four runs and one walk in five innings. He struck out four.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees 16-10-1; Phillies 10-13-2.
Up next: Left-hander CC Sabathia (1-1, 7.04 ERA) starts at 7:15 p.m. ET on Friday against the Cincinnati Reds at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The Phillies will make the two-plus hour drive to Kissimmee, Fla., to play the Houston Astros on Friday afternoon at 1:05 ET. Right-hander Brett Myers (1-1, 2.63 ERA), who could be the Opening Night starter, will start.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.