03/24/08 10:25 PM ET
Yanks belt three homers, pound Phils
Cano, Giambi, Cabrera go deep in support of Hughes
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
at Tampa, Fla.
Monday, March 24 Phillies at the plate: Philadelphia manufactured its first run in the second inning when Eric Bruntlett singled, stole second, moved up on a flyout and scored on Shane Victorino's sacrifice fly. Pedro Feliz tied the game in the fourth when he clubbed his fourth home run of the spring, a two-run shot to left. Feliz also knocked in a run with a RBI single in the sixth, but was nailed trying to stretch it to a double.
Yankees at the plate: Jason Giambi went 2-for-2 with two RBIs, including his second home run of the spring, a solo shot in the second inning. In the fifth, New York put up six runs. Pinch-hitter Hideki Matsui hit a deep fly ball to center for the fourth run, and Robinson Cano belted a three-run homer, his second of the spring, taking the team RBI lead. Melky Cabrera followed that by belting his first homer of the spring, a two-run blast. Derek Jeter singled and doubled for New York.
Phillies on the mound: Jamie Moyer pitched four innings in his fourth start, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits, including Giambi's home run. The 45-year-old lefty, the Majors' oldest active player, threw 77 pitches (44 strikes), walking one and striking out three. J.D. Durbin relieved in the fifth and was battered for six runs and six hits, including two home runs.
Yankees on the mound: Phil Hughes pitched better after a selection of rocky outings, turning in five innings of three-run, three-hit ball under the lights at Legends Field. The 21-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out six, throwing 86 pitches (54 strikes). Trying to lock up a role as the Yankees' lefty specialist, Billy Traber allowed his first earned run of the spring in the sixth.
Up next for the Phillies: Right-hander Kyle Kendrick makes his final Florida start, when he takes on the Reds on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Bright House Field. His next start will be in an exhibition game against Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday. The righty recovered from a rough Grapefruit League beginning to post five shutout innings against the Pirates on March 20. Chad Durbin, J.C. Romero and Ryan Madson are also scheduled to pitch. Edinson Volquez is scheduled to start for the Reds.
Up next for the Yankees: Right-hander Ian Kennedy will make his fifth appearance and fourth start of Spring Training on Tuesday, taking the mound in Winter Haven against the Indians at 1:05 p.m. Cleveland counters with right-hander Paul Byrd, who'll see most of the Yankees' starting lineup. Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada are the only regulars not scheduled to travel.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.