CC fans eight; A-Rod homers to lift Yanks

CC fans eight; A-Rod homers to lift Yanks

YANKEES (ss) 6, TIGERS (ss) 2
at Tampa, Fla.
Friday, March 19

Tigers at the plate: Brandon Inge put the Tigers on the board early with a run-scoring single to right field in the first inning, plating Clete Thomas after his double to left. Carlos Guillen drove in Detroit's second run with a sixth-inning double into the left-field corner.

Yankees at the plate: Derek Jeter followed a run-scoring error in the second inning with a two-run single to right field, scoring Jamie Hoffmann and Francisco Cervelli; the captain's fourth RBIs in the last two games. Alex Rodriguez belted his first home run of the spring in the third inning, clearing the scoreboard in left field.

Tigers on the mound: Making his fourth start of the spring, Rick Porcello allowed four runs -- one earned -- on four hits, including A-Rod's long homer. The right-hander walked one and struck out three as he was scored upon for the first time in the Grapefruit League, tossing 60 pitches (36 strikes). Andrew Owens left the bases loaded in a scoreless fifth inning and former Yankee Phil Coke hurled a perfect sixth, striking out Rodriguez.

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Yankees on the mound: Completing his fourth start of the spring, ace CC Sabathia worked 5 1/3 innings, exiting with one run charged to him on four hits before Jonathan Albaladejo allowed one of his two inherited runners to score. Sabathia walked two and struck out eight in the effort, tossing 77 pitches (47 strikes). Mariano Rivera made his second spring appearance in the sixth, using just 10 pitches to breeze through the seventh inning with no hits and a strikeout.

Worth noting: Porcello's spring ERA rose from 0.00 to 0.75. ... Robinson Cano has hit safely in seven of the 10 spring games he's played. ... This was the third of six spring games between the two clubs.

Grapefruit League records: Tigers, 9-8; Yankees, 8-8

Up next: The Yankees will travel north to play the Astros on Saturday in a 1:05 p.m. ET start at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee, Fla., available live on MLB.TV. Alfredo Aceves will head to the mound looking to support his candidacy for the fifth-starter's role, opposed by right-hander Brett Myers. Mark Teixeira, Rodriguez and Cano are among those scheduled to represent the Yanks in the starting lineup.

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