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
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