Francisco Cervelli hit his first home run of the Spring (and is hitting an absurd .556 average) but it wasn’t enough to propel the Yankees as they fell to the Orioles 3-2 in Tampa, Florida.
“I was lucky,” Cervelli said about his home run. “We’ve been working very hard, and we can see the results, but this is just to try to get ready for the season. … I always try to swing more with my back leg, and that’s what we work on all the time.”
David Phelps went for the Yankees, but struggled in his start, going 2.1 IP giving up one run on five hits. Phelps was fortunate to only give up one run as he had to constantly work out of jams to prevent the game from getting out of control.
They got some hits, but I feel like I was able to bear down those first two innings and pitch out of some spots, which is huge,” Phelps said. “If there’s ever a time to work on something like that, Spring Training is a great time.”
Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 as the DH in tonight’s game and is currently 0-for-9 this Spring.
— Brett Gardner is the marquee name for the Yankees as he, Ichiro Suzuki and many other young talents hit the road to Port Charlotte to face the Tampa Bay Rays. Adam Warren will get the start for the Yankees and Erik Bedard will get the start for the Rays. The game will not be on television, but it will be on the radio if you have MLB.TV. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m.