Well, this is the last time I’ll ever doubt the Yankees will play a game when it rains again.
The Yankees waited out a 90 minute rain delay and Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t phased by it, pitching three innings of one run ball as the Yankees rallied in the eighth to win 4-3 over the Phillies.
Derek Jeter broke an 0-for-10 skid with a 2-for-3 day, including a double. Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick gave up one run in the third inning, a home run to Ramon Flores, who spent last season in Double-A Trenton.
“It was 0-2,” Kendrick said of the sinker. “It was the same pitch I froze [Brian] McCann on. With an A-ball kid, you can’t do that. But today I was just more aggressive. I was letting it go. I wanted to feel good, and I accomplished that.”
The game involved the use of instant replay, and it looked as if Yankees and Phillies fans were going to get their first glimpse at it in the sixth inning–until the power went out in Clearwater and shut down the monitors for five minutes. The Phillies weren’t allowed to challenge an out call at second due to the power outage.
– The Yankees will face the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, where Michael Pineda will pitch in relief. Pineda is hoping to win the fifth starter role and faces stiff competition, battling against David Phelps and Adam Warren. Hiroki Kuroda will start the game for the Yankees and Anibal Sanchez will go for the Tigers.