Yankees fall to Cardinals

Unit sharp, but Yankees fall to Cardinals

at Tampa, Fla.
Tuesday, March 14

Yankees at the plate: Robinson Cano went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his second homer of the spring. Jason Giambi returned to the lineup for the first time in more than a week, going 0-for-2 with an RBI sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Cardinals at the plate: Chris Duncan drove in two of the Cardinals' three runs, one on a solo homer against Randy Johnson in a two-run fifth inning. Duncan drove in the game-winner in the eighth, plating Larry Bigbie to snap a 2-2 tie.

Yankees on the mound: Johnson looked sharp during his first four innings, allowing just one hit. The Big Unit gave up two runs in the fifth, including the home run by Duncan. Johnson finished the day after five, charged with two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out four. Mariano Rivera threw a perfect sixth inning. Tanyon Sturtze allowed one run in the eighth, taking the loss.

Cardinals on the mound: Sidney Ponson started the game, allowing one run on two hits -- one a homer by Cano -- over four innings. Ponson, who is battling for the fifth starter spot, did not walk or strike out any hitters. Jason Isringhausen pitched a scoreless fifth inning for St. Louis. Anthony Reyes pitched three innings of one-run ball for the victory.

Grapefruit League records: Yankees 6-8; Cardinals 7-6.

Up next: The Yankees travel to Kissimmee on Wednesday to take on the Astros at 1:05 p.m. ET, as Mike Mussina opposes Andy Pettitte.

The Cardinals return to Jupiter, where they will host the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. in the first of three consecutive home games. Mark Mulder takes the mound for St. Louis, taking on Sergio Mitre.

Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.