Phillies held in check by Sabathia, Yankees
Rollins plates lone run with homer; Blanton allows four runs
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees ace CC Sabathia looked ready for Opening Day on Sunday at Bright House Field.
He allowed six hits, one run and one walk in 6 2/3 innings in an 8-1 victory over the Phillies. He struck out five.
Sabathia scattered three hits through five scoreless innings until the Phillies finally got something going offensively in the sixth inning, when Jimmy Rollins homered to left field. Ryan Howard followed with a double and Ben Francisco singled, although Howard was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.
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The Yankees had better luck against Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton, who allowed eight hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out two.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez doubled to open the second inning. Rodriguez, who has a hit in each of his 13 games this spring, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on Nick Swisher's sacrifice fly to right field to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead.
The Yankees took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning when Mark Teixeira and Rodriguez hit back-to-back home runs.
Up next for the Phillies: Philadelphia right-hander Roy Halladay remains on course to start Opening Day on April 1 against the Astros at Citizens Bank Park. He faces the Red Sox at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday at Bright House Field. He should get one more start before the season opener.
Up next for the Yankees: Bartolo Colon makes what could be an important start in his quest to leave camp in New York's rotation, taking the mound in a 7:05 p.m. ET start against Tampa Bay in Port Charlotte, Fla. Top pitching prospect Manny Banuelos is also scheduled to see time on the mound, backup catching contenders Jesus Montero and Austin Romine will handle duties behind the plate, and the Yankees are bringing their starting infield on the trip. The Rays are scheduled to start right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.