Nine relief pitchers came out of the Yankees bullpen with Joe Girardi using the old ‘Johnny Wholestaff’ routine, but the Yankees were unable to come away with the victory as they were shutout 6-0 by the Philadelphia Phillies at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
The Yankees had nine hits on the night but they were unable to get the big hit, stranding runners in scoring position in multiple innings. Brett Gardner had three hits while Derek Jeter, Brian Roberts, Dean Anna, Carlos Beltran, Scott Sizemore and Kelly Johnson each had a hit apiece.
The Yankees sent out Adam Warren, David Phelps, Vidal Nuno, David Robertson, Matt Thornton, Shawn Greene, Shawn Kelley, David Herndon and Matt Daley as each pitcher worked an inning. Warren, Robertson, Thornton, Kelley and Herndon each worked scoreless innings, Phelps gave up one run (and was charged with the loss) and Nuno and Greene each gave up two runs with Nuno giving up back to back home runs to Ryan Howard and Marlon Byrd. Yankees pitching recorded five strikeouts and five walks in their outing.
– Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner are just two of the names that will make the travel to Dunedin as they face the Toronto Blue Jays in their final Spring Training match-up before the season. Chris Leroux (who has an outside chance of making the team) will make the start for the Yankees. The game will be televised on MLB.TV and first pitch is at 1:05 p.m.