The Yankees won their first "real'' game of the spring, 8-5, over the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater. Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the third inning, Cole Garner hit a two-run shot in the seventh and the Yankees took an 8-2 lead into the ninth until Mike O'Connor , one of the candidates for the last bullpen spot, gave up three runs, including a two-run home run by Kevin Frandsen.
Ivan Nova worked the first two innings and surrendered a two-run HR to Hunter Pence in the first, but settled down to pitch a strong second inning. David Phelps, Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances, three of the pitching prospects Hal Steinbrenner singled out as key to the Yankees' goal of trimming their payroll to $189 million by 2014, combined to throw five scoreless innings, although both Banuelos and especially Betances showed some control problems.
The Yankees and Phillies will be seeing a lot of each other over this weekend; the Phillies come to The Boss for a game Sunday afternoon and the Yankees return to Clearwater on Monday.