Cano clutch as Yankees down Phillies
Second baseman knocks in go-ahead run; Vazquez sharp
YANKEES 7 (ss), PHILLIES 5
at Tampa, Fla.
Monday, March 8
Phillies at the plate: Jimmy Rollins sparked the Phils, blasting the first pitch he saw from Javier Vazquez over the right-field wall at Steinbrenner Field. The Phillies tacked on two more runs in the fourth, on Ben Francisco's RBI double and John Mayberry's run-scoring single.
Yankees at the plate: The Yanks broke through in the fourth inning, scoring twice on Nick Swisher's double, then took the lead on Robinson Cano's two-run single in the fifth. Cano finished 2-for-2 with a walk. Jorge Posada also recorded two hits, the last of them a run-scoring ground-rule double in the fifth.
Phillies on the mound: Battling for the fifth spot in the Phillies' rotation, Kyle Kendrick shut down the Yankees for three innings. Kendrick allowed one hit and struck out none. As soon as he was out of the game, however, New York struck. Jose Contreras served up two runs in the fourth and another four in the fifth, allowing the Yanks to take the lead for good.
Yankees on the mound: Making his Grapefruit League debut -- and throwing his first competitive pitches for the Yanks since 2004 -- Vazquez allowed the leadoff homer to Rollins, but nothing more. He struck out the side in his second and final inning, finishing with four punch outs on the day. David Robertson was not so lucky, serving up two runs on three hits in just two-thirds of an inning in the fourth.
Worth noting: Swisher came just short of gunning down Rollins from right field in the third inning, when the Phillies shortstop attempted to score from second a single. Turns out it didn't matter. Before Rollins could cross the plate on the play, umpires called Placido Polanco out for interfering with the Yankees second baseman, Cano.
Grapefruit League records: Phillies 1-3-1; Yankees 3-4
Up next: Coming off two strong innings in his Grapefruit League debut last week, CC Sabathia will make his second start of the spring for the Yankees, at home Tuesday against the Pirates. Right-hander Charlie Morton will start for Pittsburgh in the 1:05 p.m. ET game.
Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.