03/01/09 4:17 PM ET
Yanks' offense runs on all cylinders
Bombers post more hits than Reds, but pitching has tough day
By Mark Sheldon / MLB.com
at Sarasota, Fla.
Sunday, March 1
Yankees at the plate: New York had 14 hits through the first five innings. Alex Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Brett Gardner helped his cause for the center-field job when he hit a leadoff homer in the top of the third. In the fourth inning, Robinson Cano and John Rodriguez each hit solo homers. Derek Jeter went 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
Reds at the plate: A stiff wind was blowing out of Ed Smith Stadium, which helped both clubs to hit a combined eight homers. Left-field candidate Chris Dickerson hit a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot to right field in the first inning and a solo shot to center in the fifth. Joey Votto went 2-for-3 with a leadoff homer in the fifth. Brandon Phillips hit an RBI double in the bottom of the first. Laynce Nix hit a solo homer to right field in the sixth. Craig Tatum's grand slam in the bottom of the seventh put the Reds ahead for good. Cincinnati hit five homers, its most in a spring game since 2003.
Yankees on the mound: Starter Alfredo Aceves gave up three earned runs and two hits in his one inning of work with one walk and one strikeout. Jonathan Albaladejo pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one earned run and four hits before exiting the game with a left calf injury. Damaso Marte worked one inning and gave up two earned runs and two hits with two strikeouts.Reds on the mound: Reds starter Aaron Harang pitched three innings with three earned runs and six hits allowed, including a home run. Two of the runs and four of the hits came in the first inning. David Weathers gave up two earned runs and three hits in one inning, including two homers in the fourth. Arthur Rhodes gave up three earned runs and five hits over his one inning. Francisco Cordero allowed three earned runs and four hits in one inning with two strikeouts. Grapefruit League records: Reds 4-1; Yankees 2-3. Up next: The Reds will go to Bradenton, Fla., on Monday for a 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Pirates. Fifth-starter candidate Homer Bailey will make his second appearance, but it'll be his first start. He'll face Pittsburgh lefty Zach Duke.
The Yankees will be in Kissimmee, Fla., to play the Astros at 1:05 p.m., with Chien-Ming Wang starting against Houston's Mike Hampton. There is a chance Jorge Posada might be the designated hitter, which would be his first game since being scratched on Saturday with right shoulder soreness.
Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.