Yankees 11, Orioles 8
David Phelps started spring training uncertain of his role with
the New York Yankees. He’ll break camp with a spot in the starting
On Wednesday night, Phelps started for the seventh time this
spring and worked into the sixth inning, striking out nine as the
Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-8.
He allowed three runs on four hits in 5 1-3 innings. Phelps
walked two, and said he was satisfied with his spring.
”I feel like I went out and got better each time out in at
least one aspect,” Phelps said. ”I came into the season fighting
for a rotation spot. Pays off. I’m fortunate that I was able to get
a lot of starts this spring.”
Phelps and Ivan Nova were fighting for the final spot in New
York’s rotation, but will both have jobs with Phil Hughes beginning
the season on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his
Phelps ends spring training with a 4.18 ERA. His 28 innings are
far more than anyone else on the staff, and his 27 strikeouts were
”Especially, early on, I felt like I was going out there every
day,” Phelps said. ”I’m getting more starts. I’ll take it.”
Jair Jurrjens started for the Orioles, but left in the second
with a bruised right rib when he was a hit by a line drive by
Jurrjens will go for an X-ray on Thursday morning, but says he’s
”Scary. Really scary,” Jurrjens said. ”I think I tried to
come back a little bit and that’s why it got me right there. I
think I tried to come back and tried to catch it. It was just hit
Jurrjens signed with the Orioles last month as a minor league
free agent and was competing for their No. 5 starter’s job.
Manager Buck Showalter said if Jurrjens was fine, he could pitch
him again on Friday or Saturday.
”I would have loved to see him pitch deeper,” Showalter
The Yankees started just one regular: center fielder Brett
Gardner, but still had 15 hits. Six came off minor leaguer Chris
Petrini who allowed six runs in the sixth.
Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco hit back-to-back home runs.
Taylor Teagarden had a three-run home run and Nate McLouth a
two-run shot for Baltimore.
NOTES: New York 2B Robinson Cano missed the game with a stomach
virus. Manager Joe Girardi said he hopes Cano can play on Thursday
against Pittsburgh. … Yankees 3B Ronnier Mustelier was a late
scratch with a sore right knee. … The Orioles reassigned RHP
Kevin Gausman, C Chris Robinson and 1B Travis Ishikawa to minor
league camp. Gausman, who was Baltimore’s first choice in last
season’s draft, will start the season at Double-A Bowie, manager
Buck Showalter said. … Orioles RHP Steve Johnson, who was
originally scheduled to start on Wednesday, and then moved to
Thursday, will not make the start due to a back injury. …
Baltimore OF Chris Dickerson strained his right Achilles tendon in
the eighth inning. … The Orioles play Tampa Bay on Thursday
night. Rays LHP David Price, their opening day starter will pitch.
Showalter has been keeping his starters away from AL East
competition, and he’ll import a minor league pitcher to start
instead of LHP Wei-Yin Chen. ”If you’re walking around with David
Price stuff, it doesn’t matter,” Showalter said. ”You’re a
really, really good pitcher when everyone knows that you’re going
to do it and you do it. There’s not a whole lot to be