Phillies 7, Yankees 0
Phillies ace Roy Halladay struck out Jorge Posada with two on
and two outs in the sixth inning, putting a clean finish on his
stellar start in Philadelphia’s 7-0 win over the New York Yankees
The NL Cy Young winner shut out the Yankees on four hits while
striking out two and walking none.
”You’re trying to work on things, but you still want to compete
so I don’t think you ever take a different aggressiveness into a
spring training game than you do during the season,” Halladay said
of the showdown with Posada, which kept the game scoreless.
”You try to get as close to a real situation as you can, so
after a few quick innings there, it’s kind of nice to try to work
out and make pitches when you have to.”
The only blemish Halladay had was the black eye he was sporting
in his postgame interview.
”Bunting in the cage, three days ago,” Halladay said. ”It
came at my chest and I tried to block it. It was self
Yankees starter CC Sabathia held up his half of the premiere
spring training pitching matchup. He limited the Phillies to three
hits in five shutout innings.
”That’s pretty much the CC we’re used to seeing,” New York
manager Joe Girardi said.
Sabathia walked none and struck out two.
”I felt pretty good today, a lot better than the other day,”
he said. ”It was a lot cleaner, and I was actually able to work on
The Phillies put an end to the string of zeros in the sixth
after David Robertston relieved Sabathia. Josh Barfield led off
with a triple and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly by
John Mayberry Jr. capped a four-run sixth inning with a two-run
home run into the Phillies’ bullpen. The home run was the third of
the season for Mayberry, who is competing for a spot on the 25-man
”I’m just trying to keep focused and do some of the things I
intended to do at the outset,” Mayberry said.
NOTES: Before the game, 85-year-old Hall of Famer Yogi Berra
tripped and fell in the Yankees’ clubhouse. He went to the hospital
as a precaution and was later released. … The Phillies gave
manager Charlie Manuel a two-year contract extension, taking him
through 2013. … Philadelphia OF Domonic Brown was back in camp
two days after having surgery on his right hand. He is expected to
miss four to six weeks. … Philadelphia SS Brian Bocock went back
to Philadelphia to have his left wrist examined by Dr. Randall
Culp. An X-ray on his hand was negative, but a team official said
he might have ligament or tendon damage. … Yankees closer Mariano
Rivera felt fine one day after throwing 35 pitches in his first
batting practice session, and didn’t rule out making his initial
game appearance on Sunday. … New York DH Jorge Posada started at
first base. ”Our plans are for him to DH,” Girardi said. ”It
just gives us more options.”