The Yankees won their second straight game to open up the spring, this time defeating the AL Champion Rays 5-1.
Phil Hughes started for the Yankees and he pitched two scoreless innings without giving up a hit. He struck out two, walked one, and hit two batters.
Phil Coke pitched two scoreless innings and picked up the win.
Brian Bruney, Damaso Marte, Mark Melancon, Jonathan Albaledejo all pitched one inning. The only run the Yankees allowed came against J.B. Cox in the seventh inning.
Offensively the Yankees were led by Jorge Posada and Shelley Duncan. Posada got them on the board with a solo homer in 3rd. In the fifth inning, Posada added another RBI with a ground-rule double to deep center. Duncan drove in the other three Yankees runs with a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 7th.
Mark Teixeira and Xavier Nady both went 1-for-2. The centerfield competition stalled today. Both Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner went 0-2. Cabrera had two weak groundouts while Gardner had decent at-bats. One of his hits would have gone for a double, but he was robbed by a diving catch.
The Yankees travel to Ft. Myers tomorrow to take on the Minnesota Twins. Ian Kennedy gets the start. Game time is set for 1:05 p.m.