3/27/2013 10:40 P.M. ET
Phelps strong before Yanks' bats break out vs. O's
By Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Yankees starter David Phelps struck out nine and pitched into the sixth inning as New York beat the Orioles, 11-8, in Grapefruit League action Wednesday night at Ed Smith Stadium.
Phelps allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings, scattering four hits and two walks. Two of the runs came via Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth, who connected for a two-run homer, his second of the spring.
Orioles starter Jair Jurrjens exited in the second inning after being struck with a comebacker off the bat of Thomas Neal on his right side. Jurrjens, who is day to day with a right rib contusion, will get a precautionary X-ray Thursday morning. He was charged with two runs (one earned) on two hits and a walk before leaving.
Yankees second baseman Jayson Nix, playing in place of Robinson Cano -- who had a stomach virus -- walked and scored twice. New York padded its lead with a six-run seventh, highlighted by back-to-back homers from Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco, both of which came off Chris Petrini.
Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter allowed a run on three hits while Troy Patton tossed a scoreless fourth. Sidearmer Mark Hendrickson surrendered a run in his second inning of work.
Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, his second RBI coming in a five-run Baltimore seventh which trimmed the Yankees' lead to 10-8. Taylor Teagarden's three-run homer was the big blow in the inning.
Up next: The Yankees will host the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. ET Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Hiroki Kuroda will get the start for New York in his final Grapefruit League outing of the spring. Kuroda is 1-2 with a 2.31 ERA in three spring starts.
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.