The Yankees dominated the Phillies in Clearwater connecting for eight extra-base hits and winning, 8-1.
L - Brett Gardner (LF)
R - Derek Jeter (SS)
S - Mark Teixeira (1B)
R - Alex Rodriguez (DH)
L - Robinson Cano (2B)
S - Nick Swisher (RF)
L - Curtis Granderson (CF)
L - Eric Chavez (3B)
R - Russell Martin (C)
Pitchers (IP): CC Sabathia (6 2/3), David Robertson (1/3), Rafael Soriano (1), Boone Logan (1)
Subs: Jorge Vazquez (1B), Ronnie Belliard (2B), Doug Bernier (SS), Gerald Laird (3B), Jesus Montero (C), Justin Maxwell (RF), Melky Mesa (CF), Kevin Russo (LF), Austin Romine (DH)
Formidable Opponents: Four of the Phillies' regulars, and inning of Jose Contreras, and 6 1/3 innings of Joe Blanton.
Big Hits: Back-to-back solo homers off Blanton by Mark Teixeira (1-for-4), and Alex Rodriguez (2-for-3) in the fourth, the latter of whom also doubled and scored in his first at-bat and is now slugging an even 1.000 in 37 spring at-bats. Rodriguez's was the first of six Yankee doubles in the game. The others were back-to-back doubles in the seventh by Curtis Granderson (2-for-3) and Eric Chavez (1-for-3), an eighth-inning double off Jose Contreras by Ronnie Belliard, and ninth-inning two-baggers by Jesus Montero and Justin Maxwell, each of those last three occurring in the hitter's only at-bat of the game. Brett Gardner went 2-for-4 with a two-out RBI single in the seventh.
Who Pitched Well: Everyone. CC Sabathia scattered six hits, four of them singles, and a walk. The only run that scored against him came on a two-out Jimmy Rollins solo homer in the sixth. He struck out five and lasted 6 2/3 innings on March 20 throwing just 85 pitches, 73 percent of them for strikes. David Robertson struck out the only man he faced, though it was only Wilson Valdez. Rafael Soriano worked around an error for an otherwise perfect eighth, and Boone Logan struck out all three men he faced in the ninth, all of them right-handed hitters.
Ouchies: Greg Golson (oblique) has been cleared to take batting practice.
Oopsies: Derek Jeter was caught stealing second with two outs and Alex Rodriguez at the plate in the first. Rodriguez doubled leading off the second.; Ronnie Belliard allowed a runner to reach base in the eight via a throwing error, but Rafael Soriano stranded him.
Next: The Yankees travel to Port Charlotte to play a night game against the Rays with Bartolo Colon getting the start and Manny Bañuelos scheduled to pitch in relief. The MLB Network will have the game live at 7:05, except where those asinine blackouts apply.