Matsui goes deep in win over Marlins

Matsui goes deep in win over Marlins

at Jupiter, Fla.
Saturday, March 18

Marlins at the plate: In the fourth inning, Mike Jacobs lined a two-out double to left and he scored on Josh Willingham's RBI single to right for the lone run off Jaret Wright. And in the fifth, Hanley Ramirez had a run-scoring triple. Brian Moehler's bad-hop single up the middle in the third inning was the team's first hit.

Yankees at the plate: Hideki Matsui crushed a three-run homer on a 2-2 pitch to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Kevin Howard had an RBI single to start the four-run third. Howard brought in three runs with a triple. Robinson Cano reached on an infield single in the first inning, and was lifted for a pinch-runner after a pickoff attempt grazed his head. Cano was removed for precautionary reasons and is OK.

Marlins on the mound: Moehler had a rough outing, giving up eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings on seven hits. The right-hander threw 67 pitches, walked two and struck out two. He gave up four runs in each of the third and fourth innings.

Yankees on the mound: Wright breezed through three innings before yielding a run in the fourth. In four innings, Wright allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts.

Grapefruit League records: Marlins 10-6-3; Yankees 8-11.

Up next: After a two-game swing in Jupiter, the Yankees return to Tampa, where they will take on the Indians on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. ET. Randy Johnson gets the start against Jason Johnson.

The Marlins travel to Port St. Lucie to face the Mets on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Scott Olsen is scheduled to start against Brian Bannister.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.