A-Rod homers in Yanks win

A-Rod homers in Yanks win

at Tampa, Fla.
Thursday, March 23

Yankees at the plate: Alex Rodriguez collected his first hit in 14 at-bats this spring, crushing a two-run home run against Carlos Hernandez in the fourth inning. Two batters later, Hideki Matsui added his third spring homer, boosting the Yankees' lead to 4-0. Matsui also chipped in with an RBI single in the sixth, while Luis Garcia bashed a three-run homer, his second of the spring, in the seventh.

Astros at the plate: Houston had just two hits through the first seven innings, courtesy of Willy Tavares and Adam Everett, who hit back-to-back singles in the fourth. Luke Scott got the Astros on the scoreboard with his second homer of the spring, drilling a solo shot off Tanyon Sturtze in the eighth.

Yankees on the mound: Scott Proctor made his first start of the spring, throwing four scoreless innings. Proctor allowed two hits and walked one, striking out four. Mariano Rivera threw another perfect inning, his sixth in seven appearances this spring.

Astros on the mound: Carlos Hernandez started the game and allowed four runs -- three earned -- in four innings. He gave up four hits without walking a batter, while striking out four.

Grapefruit League records: Yankees 11-12; Astros 7-14.

Up next: The Yankees travel to Fort Myers, Fla., on Friday to take on the Twins at 1:05 p.m. ET, as Randy Johnson squares off against Carlos Silva. The Astros host the Tigers in Kissimmee at 1:05 p.m., as Roy Oswalt takes on Jason Grilli.

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