Rodriguez, Sabathia Guide Yankees to 8-1 victory over Phillies.

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  • Rodriguez, Sabathia Guide Yankees to 8-1 victory over Phillies.
Rodriguez, Sabathia Guide Yankees to 8-1 victory over Phillies. 

Alex Rodriguez was once again star of the show in New York Yankees’ 8-1 victory over rivals Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. Rodriguez hit his fifth homer of the spring in the fourth innings off  Joe Blanton’s pitch. The same innings Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the spring. The 35 years old veteran, Rodriguez was quite confidant over his team mates to show the same performance that they did in 2009 to win their 28th World Series.

"We have a great group of guys. I get the feeling in here like we did in '09," Rodriguez said. "Guys are having fun, are in good shape. CC threw the ball really well today. There are a lot of good things going on."

"I think we're ready to go," he added.

Rodriguez opened the scoring for Yankees when he hit a double to starter Joe Blanton to make the score 1-0 for Yankees in second innings. In his three times at bat he completed two runs with 1 RBI to his name.  His spring experience is going excellent this year with batting average of .432 and five homers.

"[I feel] a little more energized and my body feels healthy; this, definitely, is a pretty nice spring," said Rodriguez, "It's the best I've felt in a few years. Hopefully it carries over to April."

Brett Gardner hit a single to center to plate Brandon Laird, extending the Yankees' lead in the seventh. Jimmy Rollins scored the only Phillies’ runs with a solo homer to the left.

CC Sabathia struck out five and gave away one run in 6 2/3 innings of work against the Phillies. The seventh innings was completed by David Robertson who struck out the only Phillies’ hitter left in the innings. He was followed by Rafael Soriano and Boone Logan who threw two perfect innings.

On the other hand Phillies didn’t play their full strength in pitching Rotation. Blanton started pitching for Phillies. He threw 6 1-3 innings and went for four runs in eight hits and struck out only two Yankees hitters’. Antonio Bastardo, Jose Contreras and Mike Zagurski were no different than their predecessor giving a run in every innings pitched afterwards.

 

The Phillies had been without the service of All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco who had hyper-extended his left elbow on Tuesday. Same is the case with All-Star second baseman Chase Utley who didn’t play a single game in all spring and also expected to miss few in regular season too. However the manager is mostly worried about fifth-hole hitter position left by specialist Jayson Werth who left the club to join Washington Nationals at the end of last season.

"We've got to have somebody that can help us hold our own there," Phillies’ manager Charlie Manuel said. "I would say those are two important spots in the lineup. Those are run-producing spots in our lineup."

Team News:

Phillies have to play their next game against Red Sox on Monday. Roy Halladay who was rested for Sunday game will play his second last game of the spring season on Monday. Closer Brad Lidge who had right biceps tendities since last Monday, will resume playing for Phillies in their Tuesday game against Toronto Blue Jays. Polcano is also expected to return in two to three days.

 

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