at Clearwater, Fla.
Wednesday, March 17
Yankees on the mound: New York left-hander Andy Pettitte (4.50 ERA) allowed five hits, two runs and one walk in four innings. Pettitte struck out four. Damaso Marte got a scare in the fifth inning when Ryan Howard lined a ball off his back, but it appears to be just a bruise. He walked off the field on his own, but his day ended after just four batters. Joba Chamberlain pitched four strong innings for the Yankees, giving up one run. The Phillies agreed to play the final inning despite the game being officially over to allow Chamberlain to get an extra inning of work.
Phillies on the mound: Right-hander Joe Blanton (4.09 ERA) allowed seven hits and two runs in five innings. He struck out three. Right-hander Jose Contreras took Blanton's place in the sixth inning and pitched two scoreless frames.
Yankees at the plate: New York scored its first run in the fourth inning when Francisco Cervelli singled to score Randy Winn. It tied the game at 2 in the fifth inning when Brett Gardner hit a one-out triple that Shane Victorino dove for but could not reach. Nick Johnson's sacrifice fly to center brought Cervelli home.
Phillies at the plate: Jimmy Rollins hit a leadoff double in the first inning. He stole third and scored on Howard's single up the middle to give the Phillies a 1-0 lead. Cody Ransom, who started at third base in place of the injured Placido Polanco, singled in the second inning and scored on Carlos Ruiz's sacrifice fly to give Philadelphia a 2-0 lead. Jayson Werth then hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to break a tie and give the Phillies a 5-2 lead.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees 6-8; Phillies 8-4.
Worth noting: The Phillies wore their green uniform top and caps to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. ... Phillies second baseman Chase Utley has not played since Monday because of an upper respiratory infection, though he took batting practice and fielding practice before the game. ... Polanco, who has a sprained right knee, said he feels better. He could play as early as Friday, but he won't be rushed.
Up next: The Phillies have a day off Thursday, but not everybody gets a break. Left-hander J.A. Happ is scheduled to start a Triple-A Spring Training game at the Carpenter Complex. Closer Brad Lidge is scheduled to start a Double-A game. Both games are expected to begin at 1 p.m. This will be Lidge's first game action following offseason knee and elbow surgeries. There remains a possibility he could be ready by Opening Day, but it would not be a surprise to see Lidge open the season on the disabled list. Philadelphia will host Baltimore at 7:05 p.m. ET on Friday.
The Yankees are back under the lights on Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., entertaining the Rays in a 7:05 p.m. ET start. Right-hander Javier Vazquez will be making his third start of the spring for New York, with reliever Chan Ho Park scheduled to make his first appearance since signing with the defending World Series champions. Tampa Bay will send left-hander Carlos Hernandez to the mound in a contest that will be broadcast on MLB.TV.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less