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Yankees Open Spring By Blowing Past Phillies



Jorge Vazquez rolled a sharp single into right-field to score Cole Garner from second base to break a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning as New York opened its 2012 Grapefruit League season on a wind-swept Saturday with a victory over Philadelphia at Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL.

Twenty-year-old rookie left-hander Manny Banuelos (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to get credit for the victory. Veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis took the loss for the Phillies.

Curtis Granderson was 2-for-2 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored to pace the Yankees’ attack early. Garner added a two-run home run off reliever Chad Qualls in the seventh inning and outfielder Zoilo Almonte, who had four RBIs in Friday’s 11-0 exhibition victory against the University of South Florida, added a pinch-hit, two-run double in the ninth to cap the Yankees’ scoring for the afternoon.


  • Granderson is off to fast start this spring. He singled in his only at-bat on Friday against USF and is 3-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Granderson had a career season in 2011 with 41 home runs, 119 RBIs and 136 runs scored.
  • Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and gave up one hit, no walks and struck out two batters in his two innings of work. Unfortunately, two errors (including his own error on a pickoff throw) did not help his cause and the only hit he surrendered was a two-run home run to right-center by Hunter Pence off a 3-0 fastball in the first inning. Nova was still pleased with the outing, particularly his second inning.
  • Former Phillie Raul Ibanez got back at his old team by hitting a bloop double on the left-field foul line off the Phillies’ left-handed starter Cole Hamels that scored Granderson with the game’s first run. Ibanez figures to be the Yankees’ designated hitter against right-handers this season.
  • Garner, Almonte, Vazquez and Dewayne Wise all came off the bench to drive in runs for the Yankees and all the team’s eight runs were scored with two outs. Vazquez stroked his single off Willis on a 1-2 count and that hit stood up as the game-winning RBI. Garner’s two-run home run was blasted straight down the left-field line and somehow stayed fair. Wise preceded Garner’s home run with an RBI double to right-center. Almonte’s two-run double to right-center came off reliever Mike Stutes.


  • The first ball of the spring hit to shortstop Eduardo Nunez off the bat of Shane Victorino skipped past him for an error and Victorino later scored an unearned run on Pence’s homer. Nunez led the team in 2011 with 21 errors in roughly half the playing time of the infield starters.
  • Though Banuelos was credited with the win, fellow rookie Dellin Betances and he did not show much in the way of command of their pitches. After a 1-2-3 fifth, Banuelos gave up a single to Tyson Gillis and then walked Laynce Nix and Hector Luna with two out before retiring John Mayberry Jr. to leave the bases loaded, Betances walked the first two batters he faced before retiring Kevin Frandsen on a double play and Freddy Galvis hit a fly-ball out to center to end the seventh.
  • Former Met Michael O’Connor got off to a bad start in his quest to make the team as a second lefty in the bullpen. He was tagged for three hits and he walked another batter as he gave up three runs in the bottom of the ninth. The big blow was a two-run homer off the bat of Frandsen.


The game was played under sunny skies and 82-degree weather. However, a 20-mph wind with much higher wind gusts blowing out to left contributed to the two home runs each by both teams and led to some adventurous paths by fielders on high pop-ups.  . . .  A sellout crowd of 10,539 turned out for the Phillies’ home opener at Bright House Field.  . . .   When Ibanez stepped to the plate in the first inning, some fans cheered and others appeared to have been booing. However, Ibanez was unsure if the fans were chanting “Raul” and not booing at all. Ibanez, 39, was allowed to leave the Phiilies as a free agent and he was signed a few weeks ago by the Yankees to a one-year contract.  . . .  The game was broadcast nationally by MLB Network through Comcast Sports of Philadelphia and the Phillies’ television broadcasters described the game.


The Yankees continue their home-away-home three-game series with the Phillies on Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, FL.

Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia will start the game for the Yankees. Garcia, 35, is vying for a spot in the rotation after a season in which he was 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 25 starts for the Yankees. As part of the opening ceremonies, the Yankees will wear their pinstripe uniforms and they are scheduled to open with their 2012 projected starting lineup.

The Phillies will counter with 34-year-old right-hander Roy Halladay, who is coming off a season in which he was 19-6 with a 2.34 ERA for the Phillies. Joel Pineiro, David Purcey, Antonio Bastardo and Phillippe Aumont are also scheduled to pitch for the Phillies.

Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EST and the game will be broadcast nationally by MLB Network and locally by the YES Network.


Yankees Get Work In Beating South Florida 11-0

The New York Yankees got some game-condition work in on Friday with a 11-0 exhibition victory over the University of South Florida at George M. Steinbrenner Field at Tampa, FL.

Right-hander Adam Warren pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the victory. Warren, 24, gave up one hit and walked none while striking out two as part of a group of seven Yankee pitchers who limited the Bulls to four hits, no walks and struck out 10.

Manager Joe Girardi started all his regulars with the exception of second baseman Robinson Cano and catcher Russell Martin and the regulars were given only one or two at-bats.

Girardi was pleased with the hitting of outfielder Zoilo Almonte (2-for-2, two RBIs) and second baseman David Adams (1-for-2, one RBI). Outfielder Colin Curtis and Infielder Ramiro Pena added two hits apiece as the Yankees pounded out 14 hits against USF pitching.

The USF Bulls are coached by Lelo Prado, the brother-in-law of former Yankees first baseman Tino Martinez, currently a special assistant to general manager Brian Cashman. USF is in fourth place in the Big East standings with a 4-4 record.

The Yankees are 3-0 against USF in spring exhibitions by a combined score of 31-5. Proceeds from the game benefitted the USF baseball program.


Most of Friday’s news surrounded two former Yankees. Former Yankee right-hander A.J. Burnett underwent successful surgery to repair an injury to his right-eye orbital bone in Pittsburgh and the Pirates announced that he will miss about eight to 12 weeks. Bunrett sustained the injury fouling a bunt off his eye during a bunting contest at the Pirates spring training complex in Bradenton, FL.  . . .  Former Yankee catcher and designated hitter Jesus Montero took two foul shots off his jaw in the fifth inning of the Mariners’ spring Cactus League opener against the Oakland Athletics and had to be removed from the game. Up to that point, Montero, 22, was 1-for-3 at the plate with two runs and two RBIs in the game in Phoenix, AZ. The Mariners have already announced that Miguel Olivo will open the season as the team’s starting catcher and that Montero would be a candidate to DH and develop as a catcher as a backup to Olivo.


The Yankees will open their 33-game spring training schedule on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Bright House Field in Clearwater, FL. Ivan Nova, a 24-year-old right-hander who was 16-4 with a 3.70 ERA in his rookie season, will start for the Yankees. Girardi also said that Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Cesar Cabral, Michael O’Connor and David Phelps will pitch for the Yankees. The starting outfield of Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher along with Martin will start for the Yankees.

The Phillies will counter by starting left-hander Cole Hamels, who was 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA for the Phillies last season. David Bush, Jonathan Papelbon, Dontrelle Willis, Raul Valdes, Chad Qualls and Mike Stutes are also slated to pitch. The Phiilies willl open their spring slate without three of the top regulars available to play on Saturday. First baseman Ryan Howard has an infection in his left Achilles tendon and has not reported to camp. Second baseman Chase Utley and third baseman Placido Polanco are also being held out of action by manager Charlie Manuel. Utley suffers from a chronic knee condition and Polanco is recovering from sports hernia surgery.

Game-time will be 1:05 p.m. EST and the game will be broadcast nationally by the MLB Network.


Walkoff Home Run Propels Phils Over Yankees, Hughes


Career minor-league infielder Wilson Valdez hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 9-7 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday at Bright House Network Field in Clearwater, FL.
Mike Stutes (1-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief to pick of the victory. Phil Hughes (0-2) took the loss.
The defeat dropped the Yankees’ Grapefruit League record to 8-11. The Phillies are now 9-7-1 this spring.

  • Phil Hughes gave up four runs on three home runs but, make no mistake about it, he pitched some exceptional baseball. In 4 2/3 innings — taking away the home runs — Hughes gave up no runs on two hits and no walks and struck out six batters. Chalk up those home runs to luck and a stiff breeze blowing out to right that made just about every fly ball carry over the wall. Hughes was sensational.
  • Mark Teixeira had a 4-for-4 day with two singles, a double and a home run. He scored two runs and drove in two and raised his spring average to an even .400.
  • Curtis Granderson also contributed a single and a double and was on base three times in four at-bats. He raised his spring average to .267.
  • The “utility guys” (Ramiro Pena, Kevin Russo and Eduardo Nunez) combined for a triple, a double and another double, in that order, to begin a five-run rally off Cole Hamels in the fourth inning.
  • Lefty specialist Royce Ring was called upon to pitch to left-hander Raul Ibanez to begin the fifth inning and he retired him on a popup. His ERA this spring is still 0.00.

  • This was not A.J. Burnett’s day. He gave up four hits and two walks in the first inning, which led to five runs. Placido Polanco stroked a two-run home run and minor-league catcher Dane Sardinha doubled in three runs. Burnett seems to be still having trouble with the OBI — one bad inning — problem that plagued him last season. In the next three innings he gave up no runs on three hits and he ended up striking out four batters on the day.
  • Hughes did lose the game. He now is 0-2 and his ERA spiked to 4.15. He also badly hung some curveballs and he needs to work on the command of that pitch.
  • Catcher Francisco Cervelli had a awful day at the plate. He was 0-for-4, he did not get a ball out of the infield, struck out once and grounded into a double play.
  • After pounding Cole Hamels for seven runs on nine hits in four innings the offense took an extended siesta for the rest of the afternoon, managing only three hits over the next five innings against relievers David Herndon, Antonio Bastardo and Stutes. 

Despite the wind, the Yankees were happy with clear and sunny skies and a game-time temperature of 65 degrees. After three cancellations this spring, the Yankees just hope for clear skies. . . . A standing-room crowd of 10,724 packed Bright House Network Field to watch this World Series rematch.
. . . The Phillies wanted to start their Opening Day lineup in the game but center fielder Shane Victorino, catcher Carlos Ruiz and even third-base coach Sam Perlozzo all had to be scratched from the game because of illness. . . . Sardinha, who would not have played had Ruiz been healthy, not only hit the three-run double off Burnett in the first, he added a solo home run off Hughes in the eighth inning that tied the game at 7.  . . . Manager Joe Girardi had a busy day. He watched his own players play an intrasquad game that started at 10 a.m. at George M. Steinbrenner Field and then hopped on the bus with the team to head to Clearwater and play the Phillies.  . . . Girardi got a chance to observe Joba Chamberlain pitch to 19 batters in five innings in the intrasquad game. He gave up two runs and three extra-base hits in a 75-pitch outing. Unfortunately, Chamberlain may have not done enough because Hughes looked so sharp in his outing against the Phillies on Monday.  . . . Alex Rodriguez will leave the team to head to Buffalo, N.Y., to answer questions from federal investigators about Canadian doctor Anthony Galea, the New York Times reported.

The Yankees will not play an exhibition game on Tuesday. The team will return to action at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday when they play host to the Washington Nationals. The Yankees will start Javier Vazquez and Mariano Rivera is also scheduled to pitch. Livian Hernandez will start for the Nationals.
Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. EDT and the game will not be telecast.