PHILLIES 9, YANKEES 7
at Clearwater, Fla.
Monday, March 22
Yankees at the plate: Brett Gardner reached on Jimmy Rollins' throwing error to lead off the first inning, and then scored on Curtis Granderson's double to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Eduardo Nunez's knocked in two runs in the fourth inning to cut the Phillies lead to 5-4. Gardner's sacrifice fly tied the game. Mark Teixeira then hit a two-run homer to left-center field to give the New York a 7-5 lead.
Phillies at the plate: Placido Polanco hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Dane Sardinha cleared the bases with a three-run double to give the Phillies a 5-1 lead. Sardinha started in place of Carlos Ruiz, who was out with the flu. Wilson Valdez delivered the two-run walk-off shot to give the Phillies the victory.
Yankees on the mound: Right-hander A.J. Burnett struggled in the first inning against the Phillies. He allowed four hits, five runs and two walks as Philadelphia took a 5-1 lead.
Phillies on the mound: Left-hander Cole Hamels allowed seven runs -- six earned -- in four innings, struggling for the first time this spring. David Herndon tossed two innings of scoreless relief.
Grapefruit League records: Yankees, 8-11; Phillies, 9-7-1.
Worth noting: Phillies closer Brad Lidge, who is expected to open the season on the disabled list, threw one inning in a Double-A Spring Training game at the Carpenter Complex. He allowed two hits, one run and one walk and struck out one. He mixed in a sinker to compliment his four-seam fastball and slider.
Up next: Right-handers Joe Blanton, Chad Durbin and Jose Contreras will pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays at 1:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday live on MLB.TV at Bright House Field. Left-hander J.C. Romero, who is recovering from elbow surgery, is scheduled to pitch in a simulated game. The Yankees do not play Tuesday, but they return to action Wednesday, when they host the Nationals at 7:05 p.m. live on MLB.TV. Right-hander Javier Vazquez faces Livan Hernandez.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less