TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees said that David Phelps pitched fine, but your eyes told you other things.
Phelps, who is competing for the fifth starter spot, went 2 2/3 innings and allowed five hits and a run in a Yankees 3-2 loss to the Orioles. Phelps said he was working on his changeup, while Joe Girardi said it sometimes good to get in and out of trouble.
It is only spring training -- and it is still a bit early to fully judge -- but Phelps will probably need to be a little less hittable if he is going to beat out Michael Pineda, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final starting spot.
JETER WATCH: Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 and hit into a double play. He is now 0-for-9 on the spring and has hit into three double plays. He is not going to Port Charlotte to face the Rays.
MAKING HIS CASE: Utility man Yangervis Solarte had an RBI single. He is hitting .778 with two homers and six RBIs so far.
WHERE ARE THE YANKEES: If you have a ticket to watch the Rays and Yanks in Port Charlotte, be warned -- the Yankees are sending a lot of understudies. Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki, Eduardo Nunez, Kelly Johnson and top prospect Gary Sanchez are the biggest names making the trip. Adam Warren will start.
It is a day game after a night game and Port Charlotte is an hour-and-a-half drive from Tampa.