at Tampa, Fla.
Wednesday, March 28
Astros at the plate: Houston scored four times in the second inning, with run-scoring hits by Humberto Quintero and Mark Loretta. A Hideki Matsui error allowed another run to score, and Eric Munson brought home another run with an infield groundout. The Astros batted around and scored six runs in the fifth inning, putting up a barrage against three New York pitchers that included Luke Scott slugging his third spring homer and Thomas Manzella stroking a two-run triple.
Yankees at the plate: Bobby Abreu's single brought home Derek Jeter -- who had doubled -- with a first-inning run for New York. Abreu continued his hot stroke with a two-hit performance for New York, showing no ill-effects from his abbreviated spring campaign. The Yankees added a run in the sixth when Jorge Posada bounced into a fielder's choice, scoring Jason Giambi.
Astros on the mound: Brian Moehler made his sixth spring appearance for Houston. The non-roster invitee kept most of the Yankees' probable Opening Day lineup silent through six innings, limiting New York to six hits.
Yankees on the mound: Darrell Rasner had a shaky effort in his second start of the spring, surrendering six runs on nine hits (including a homer) over 4 2/3 innings. Rasner had entered the game allowing just two earned runs in 12 innings. Non-roster invitee Ron Villone came on in relief and faced three batters, retiring none, and fellow lefty Sean Henn allowed a hit and a walk before escaping the inning.
Grapefruit League records: Astros 16-10; Yankees 13-12-2.
Up next: The Yankees travel to Dunedin, Fla., to play the Blue Jays on Thursday, facing off at 7:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Steven Jackson is scheduled to start for New York, with right-hander Shaun Marcum going for Toronto.
The Astros have a split-squad in Florida, with Fernando Nieve facing the Tigers' Kenny Rogers at 1:05 p.m. ET in Lakeland. At Triple-A Round Rock, Jason Jennings will start against right-hander Chance Douglass. That game begins at 7:05 p.m. ET.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less