Yanks rally in eighth to defeat Pirates

Yankees rally in eighth to defeat Pirates

at Tampa, Fla.
Saturday, March 3

Yankees at the plate: Hideki Matsui ripped a double in the first inning. Kevin Thompson had a double in the third, and Jorge Posada collected his first hit of the spring, launching a solo homer to right in the fourth inning.

Pirates at the plate: First baseman Brad Eldred went 1-for-3 and hit his second home run of the spring, a towering shot over the left-field wall in the second inning.

Yankees on the mound: Starter Mike Mussina allowed two hits and one run, which came courtesy of Eldred's homer on a full count.

Pirates on the mound: Starter Shane Youman surrendered two hits and no runs in two innings.

Grapefruit League records: Yankees 3-0; Pirates 0-3.

Up next: The Yankees will visit the Phillies on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Brighthouse Networks Field in Clearwater, Fla. Right-hander Carl Pavano will make his first start of the spring.

The Pirates will play two games against the Reds in Bradenton, Fla. Right-hander Shawn Chacon will start for the Pirates at 1:05 p.m. Left-hander Paul Maholm is scheduled to start for the Pirates in a six-inning "B" game slated for 10 a.m.

Chris Girandola is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.