03/27/09 9:50 PM ET
CC simply superb against Cincy
Yanks' Opening Day starter fans seven, retires 16 straight
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
at Tampa, Fla.
Friday, March 27
Reds at the plate: Norris Hopper put Cincinnati on the board with a second-inning single that scored Jacque Jones.Yankees at the plate: Derek Jeter led off the game with a double to left-center and scored on Mark Teixeira's single. Jorge Posada scored a fourth-inning run on an error, and Xavier Nady came home on a passed ball. Jeter knocked in a run with a groundout later in the frame.
Reds on the mound: Making his sixth start of the spring and second against the Yankees, Aaron Harang pitched six innings of two-run, four-hit ball. He walked two, struck out five and tossed a wild pitch in his 104-pitch, 58-strike outing.Yankees on the mound: Continuing to tune up for his dual Opening Day honors, CC Sabathia worked 7 2/3 innings, limiting Cincinnati to one run on four hits. He walked none and struck out seven. Grapefruit League records: Reds, 12-15; Yankees, 17-10-1 Up next: The Reds are on the road again on Saturday, traveling to Port Charlotte, Fla., for a 1:05 p.m. ET contest with the Rays. Edinson Volquez will draw the call for Cincinnati, with Jason Hammel getting the ball for Tampa Bay.
The Yankees will stage a battle for their long relievers on Saturday, taking looks at Brett Tomko, Alfredo Aceves and Dan Giese consecutively in a 1:05 p.m. start against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Jair Jurrjens takes the hill for Atlanta.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.