Reports are in that the Yanks beat the Phils today in Clearwater.
CC Sabathia went 6.1 innings of 1 run ball.
Gritty Gutty Brett Gardner went 2 for 4 with a RBI in the leadoff spot (where he belongs).
Stumbling Bumbling Derek Jeter went 1 for 4 with a... wait for it... GIDP in the third to kill a 2 on, 1 out rally. He was also caught stealing to end the first inning with Arod at the plate, but I'm OK with that because Jeter should be trying to put himself into scoring position for Arod, Tex and Cano.
Arod and Granderson both had a big day (2-3 each, a double for Curtis and a double and homer for Arod). Arod is now batting over .400 for the spring, while Granderson is at a cool .385. Save some for the real games, fellas.
Joe Girardi's pen management is already in midseason form, as David Robertson faced a single batter in the 7th. He struck the guy out, of course.
Rafael Soriano has the privilege of avoiding AL East teams this spring, but he also has the great joy of pitching the 8th inning with Ronnie Belliard playing 2B. Soriano pitched a scoreless inning around an error by Belliard. You know the Phillies wanted to get the game over with: 4 batters to the plate, 4 pitches, inning over. Isn't it a $100 Kangaroo Court fine for not taking after the leadoff hitter makes an out on the first pitch of an inning?
Boone Logan came out for the ninth. Nine pitches and nine strikes later the inning was over (for the record: looking, looking, looking, swinging, swinging, swinging, looking, looking, looking).
I'll be watching the game at 5 p.m. on MLB Network, so feel free to use this as the replay game thread.