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

on Thursday.

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

defense.”

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

some things.”

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

Shane Victorino.

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

roster.

”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.”