CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies and Yankees kicked off their 2012 Grapefruit League schedules on Saturday at Bright House Field.
Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, who could become a free agent after the season, got some friendly comments from Yankees fans while warming up in the home bullpen before an 8-5 Philadelphia loss. The Yankees certainly would not mind seeing Hamels in navy-blue pinstripes next season.
Hamels allowed three hits, one run and struck out one in two innings. Former Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez, who signed a contract with the Yankees in February, lifted a perfectly placed popup that fell on the left-field foul line in the first inning, scoring Curtis Granderson from second base to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Two innings after doubling off Hamels, Granderson homered against Dave Bush in the third to make it 2-2.
"I felt like it was a good pitch to hit," Granderson said. "I missed it, but the approach and everything was good, which is all we're trying to work on right now."
Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence hit with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1 Phillies.
The Yankees jumped ahead in the top of the sixth against left-hander Dontrelle Willis, who surrendered an RBI single to Jorge Vazquez following a one-out double by Cole Garner, who added a two-run homer in the seventh. Willis worked one inning, allowing one run on two hits and walking one.
Yankees lefty Manny Banuelos -- ranked by MLB.com as the Yankees' top prospect -- held Philadelphia scoreless across two innings, walking two and striking out none. Fellow prospect Dellin Betances, ranked No. 2, walked two in one scoreless inning.
Up next: The Yankees will entertain the Phillies again on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV, opening their 17th season at George M. Steinbrenner -- formerly Legends -- Field. Right-hander Freddy Garcia will make the start opposite right-hander Roy Halladay, and the Yankees are expected to wear their home pinstripes and field their regular lineup. Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira are among the stars who are anticipated to be in the New York lineup for the second of six meetings with Philadelphia this Grapefruit League season.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less