03/28/08 9:52 PM ET
Rodriguez has night to remember
Crushes RBI double, solo home run before hometown crowd
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
at Miami, Fla.
Friday, March 28
Marlins at the plate: Moving Mike Jacobs to third in the order produced immediate results, as he smacked two home runs off Mike Mussina. His two-run homer in the third inning gave the Marlins a 4-2 margin, and he added another drive in the sixth. Alejandro De Aza reached on a bunt single and scored on Dan Uggla's single to right. Jacobs followed with a 403-foot shot to right center. In the second inning, Josh Willingham was hit by a pitch, went to third on Luis Gonzalez's single and scored on Jorge Cantu's sacrifice fly.
Yankees at the plate: Alex Rodriguez, who exited after going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs, crushed a 92-mph, 3-1 fastball from Andrew Miller into the seats in left field for his fourth homer of the spring. Three doubles in the third inning generated a pair of runs that gave New York a 2-1 lead. Johnny Damon doubled and scored on Derek Jeter's double. With one out, Rodriguez ripped a double to left.
Marlins on the mound: Miller flashed signs of why he is so highly regarded, striking out six in five innings. The 22-year-old lefty gave up three runs on nine hits and walked two. His pitch count was built up to 91 pitches. In relief, Matt Lindstrom tossed a scoreless sixth and recorded a strikeout.
Yankees on the mound: Mussina exited after 5 1/3 innings after allowing five runs (including two homers) on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts. He also hit a batter in a 73-pitch outing. LaTroy Hawkins relieved Mussina in the sixth and lasted two-thirds of an inning.
Spring Training records: Marlins 19-10-3, Yankees 13-12-2
Up next for Marlins: The two teams go at it again on Saturday at Dolphin Stadium, completing their respective spring schedules. The Marlins are starting prospect Chris Volstad, who is 3-0 with a 4.50 ERA. Volstad will likely open the season at Double-A Carolina, and he is regarded as the top prospect in the organization.
Up next for Yankees: The Yankees conclude their spring schedule on Saturday with Phil Hughes taking the mound. In Grapefruit League play, Hughes is 3-0 with a 7.02 ERA.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.