Yankees rally late to defeat Braves

Yankees rally late to defeat Braves

YANKEES 3, BRAVES 2
at Tampa, Fla.
Thursday, March 15

Braves at the plate: Atlanta put the game's first run on the board in the fourth inning, as Brian McCann doubled off Mike Myers and scored on Ryan Langerhans' single off T.J. Beam. Chipper Jones extended the Braves' lead when he reached Tyler Clippard for a solo home run with one out in the fifth.

Yankees at the plate: Cather Raul Chavez's two-run homer started a three-run seventh inning that included a squeeze bunt by Kevin Reese. Alex Rodriguez and Jason Giambi both singled and advanced to third base in the first four innings, but were stranded 90 feet away.

Braves on the mound: Lance Cormier continued his strong spring, spinning five shutout innings around three hits. Cormier struck out three to increase his spring total to 13, walking none, while lowering his ERA to 1.29.

Yankees on the mound: Kei Igawa again had difficulty commanding his pitches for strikes, but the Braves never made him pay for his wildness. Igawa threw just 29 strikes in a 62-pitch, three-inning start, walking four but striking out five. Myers faced one batter and was charged with an earned run, while Beam recorded three outs in the fourth inning.

Grapefruit League records: Braves 7-6-1; Yankees 10-3-1.

Up next: The Yankees travel to Kissimmee, Fla., to see the Astros on Friday, with the teams facing off at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to start for New York, with right-hander Woody Williams going for Houston.

The Braves return home on Friday to play the Cardinals at 7:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Mark Redman is scheduled to start for Atlanta, with right-hander Chris Carpenter going for St. Louis.

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