Phillies 10, Yankees 5

Roy Halladay is feeling good about himself and his pitching.

Halladay allowed one run and three hits in 2 1-3 innings and the
Philadelphia Phillies beat the Yankees 10-5 Friday, New York’s
seventh straight spring loss.

Halladay is coming off an injury-plagued year in which he had
his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA (4.49) of
his career. The righty missed nearly two months in the middle of
the season because of a strained back muscle near his shoulder.

”I feel good right now the way I feel physically and
conditioning wise,” Halladay said. ”Really, I think that is ahead
of everything else, and it’s a matter of just fine-tuning the

The 35-year old Halladay gave up one run in two innings during
his first spring training start against Detroit. In a 44-pitch
outing Friday, he struck out three and walked one.

Halladay struck out Melky Mesa with the bases loaded and two
outs in the first. He left after allowing a one-out double in the
third to Francisco Cervelli, who scored on Robinson Cano’s single
off Cesar Jimenez.

”The big thing going forward is to get comfortable with my
curveball and cutter,” Halladay said.

John Mayberry Jr. drove in three runs and Jimmy Rollins added
two RBIs for the Phillies. Closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed two
runs – coming on a double by Addison Maruszak – and two hits in the

Cervelli, bidding to be the Yankees’ starting catcher, finished
with two hits and drew a walk from Papelbon. He also threw out
Rollins, who was trying to steal second.

The Yankees had four errors and gave up six unearned runs. New
York has 13 errors in eight games.

”I don’t like to lose no matter what time of year it is,”
manager Joe Girardi said. ”We’re going to win a game again, I’m

Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs – one earned – and three hits
over 1 2-3 innings in his initial exhibition game start for the

”It’s early in spring training; there were a few pitches that
were good and a few that were not,” Kuroda said through a
translator. ”Main thing was to make sure I threw strikes and to
work on my breaking balls, which are not there yet.”

Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis returned after missing the
previous three games because of left side soreness. He was charged
with an error in the second for misplaying Mayberry’s grounder,
which led to two Phillies runs. He struck out and walked before
leaving after three innings.

”I struck out looking and a guy’s yelling at me. … He’s just
angry at life,” said Youkilis, the one-time Boston infielder.
”There’s always one out of a hundred. I actually don’t remember
what he said, but you just have to laugh it off. If people are
booing, they’re booing. If you’re a Yankee fan and you want to boo
me, that’s your prerogative. If you don’t want to win a World
Series and root for guys that play on your team, that’s what you
have to do, I guess.”

Mesa and Ronnier Mustelier homered for the Yankees.

Ryan Howard, who has played in all seven of the Philadelphia’s
exhibition games this year, went 0 for 3. The first baseman didn’t
play until July last year while recovering from a torn left
Achilles tendon sustained in the Phillies’ final game of the 2011

NOTES: New York GM Brian Cashman is scheduled to participate in
a parachute jump with the U.S. Army Golden Knights on Monday at the
Homestead Air Reserve Base near Miami to raise awareness for the
Wounded Warrior Project. ”It’s an opportunity to do something that
a lot of people don’t do or will ever do, so that’s awesome,”
Cashman said. ”But no, it’s not like on my list of something I’ve
always wanted to do. I’m excited for the opportunity to do it, and
at the same time big-time nervous.” … Halladay and Yankees guest
instructor Reggie Jackson spent time together not talking baseball,
but cars. ”He’s a big car guy, and I’m a car guy,” Halladay said.
… Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (right knee surgery) said he will
throw his second simulated game Sunday. … New York RHP Phil
Hughes could throw Sunday for the first time in two weeks.