CLEARWATER, Fla. -- After failing to reach the outfield in his first 10 hitless at-bats of the spring, Derek Jeter had two hits, including a double laced to left-center on Thursday against the Phillies.
"I think it is a good sign," Joe Girardi said.
Jeter understandably sounded unconcerned with his lack of hits in spring training before Thursday.
"Now you just want to see pitches," Jeter said Wednesday. "I don't really concern myself with results after nine at-bats in spring training."
Jeter took off before the media could talk with him Thursday, but he did yell out, "Good job," as Masahiro Tanaka held court with the media.
Tex debut: Mark Teixeira, limited to 15 games in 2013 because of his wrist, played in his first exhibition. He went 0-for-3 and came out of it fine. He said his real test will come when he swings and misses batting right-handed to see how the right wrist feels.
"But we have plenty of at-bats, we’ll make sure every one of the boxes get checked off," Teixeira said.
Scratched: Girardi penciled Carlos Beltran in the original lineup but scratched him because of the wet ground.
No worries: Girardi said he had no problem with the 1½-hour delay because of rain and tornado warnings. He didn't think they would play, especially when he heard about the possible tornado.
"When I got the beep on my phone that went through my Bluetooth [about the tornado warning], it scared me," Girardi said.
Soriano firsts: Alfonso Soriano said he took grounders at first base one day because coach Rob Thomson suggested he should. Soriano could be an emergency backup option since the Yankees don't really have anyone behind Teixeira. The Journal News first reported the Soriano first base item.
Soriano made his spring training debut on Thursday, going 0-for-3. He had missed all the previous games due to a mysterious ailment.
Power outage: John Mayberry Jr. was thrown out at third to end the seventh, which gave the Phillies a chance to use the new replay system. One problem? The power went out Bright House Field, so there was no replay to look at. Girardi said no one had thought about that possibility.