Yankees 6, Phillies 2

Derek Jeter was back at shortstop and Andy Pettitte returned to

the mound, making the New York Yankees feel a little better with

opening day less than three weeks away.

Jeter played the field for the first time since ankle surgery

last fall and Pettitte made his 2013 spring training debut in the

Yankees’ 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday


Pettitte, who had been pitching in simulated games, allowed one

run and four hits over three-plus innings. The left-hander had

three strikeouts and three walks.

”It’s just good to get back out there and see somebody in

different uniforms,” Pettitte said. ”I felt good. As far as

stuff-wise, I didn’t feel great. Felt like my command was nowhere

near what I wanted. It gives you something to work on next


Pettitte’s next start is slated for a minor league exhibition

Monday, when the Yankees are off.

Jeter had one chance during his four innings of play. He fielded

Ben Revere’s two-hopper in the fourth and flipped the ball to

second for a fielder’s choice.

”I think it’s a big step towards him finishing his rehab,

becoming a player for us,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”You

can’t really make that step until you go out there for the first

time. I think it’s a big step. I think it’s big just because of

what he means to our team.”

The Yankees captain last played in the field during the opener

of the AL championship series in October.

”The goal is April 1,” Jeter said, referring to the opener

against Boston. ”Really, just felt like the first spring training


Ben Francisco, signed to a minor league contract Monday, hit a

two-run double in the first off Cliff Lee, who gave up five runs –

two earned – and six hits in 2 2-3 innings.

”I felt good, and that’s the main thing,” Lee said. ”Continue

to build up pitches. I had (two) walks, I’m not too happy about

that. They got their fair share of hits. We kind of played a little

sloppy, and I contributed to that.”

Lee issued one walk or none in 24 of 30 starts last season.

”Just a little erratic for whatever reason in a couple

different spots,” Lee said. ”Felt really good in the bullpen, and

locating well the first inning and half, or whatever it was, and

then wasn’t able to make the adjustment as quickly as I needed


This was the second consecutive rough outing for a Philadelphia

starter after Roy Halladay gave up seven runs in 2 2-3 innings

against Detroit on Tuesday.

”I felt like Lee actually had good stuff,” Phillies manager

Charlie Manuel said. ”He got his work in. His arm’s good.”

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, coming back from knee surgery

last year, threw his second consecutive 1-2-3 inning. The

right-hander needed just nine pitches to record three


Pettitte left after walking the first two batters in the fourth.

Cody Eppley entered and worked out of the jam.

Jeter went 0 for 2, with a walk. The 38-year old was 0 for 2

Monday in his second game at DH after having a single in two

at-bats Saturday.

Ichiro Suzuki had a second-inning RBI single for the


Domonic Brown had a run-scoring single off Pettitte during the

third. Darin Ruf had a sixth-innig solo homer against David


NOTES: New York RHP Phil Hughes (upper back bulging disk) is to

throw batting practice Thursday for the first time since the

injury. … Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick is to take part in a minor

league game Thursday. … Girardi spent time with the Army baseball

team, which worked out at Steinbrenner Field. The Yankees play the

Army at West Point to conclude spring training on March 30. …

Yankees LHP Boone Logan (sore elbow) is slated for his third

bullpen session Thursday. … New York LHP Clay Rapada (shoulder)

expects to resume playing catch on Saturday. … New York optioned

RHP Adam Warren, INF Corban Joseph and OF Zoilo Almonte to Triple-A