Drew, Yanks' bats erupt behind solid Pineda

Second baseman goes 3-for-3; righty fans five in five scoreless innings

Drew, Yanks' bats erupt behind solid Pineda

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Yankees second baseman Stephen Drew had three hits and two RBIs in Friday's 10-0 rain-shortened victory over the Phillies at Bright House Field. The game was called with one out in the top of the sixth inning.

Phillies left-hander Jake Diekman allowed seven runs on six hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning as the Yankees broke up a scoreless tie in the fifth.Diekman's Grapefruit League ERA rose from 3.86 to 12.27 in his seventh appearance.

Every hitter in the Yankees' starting lineup had at least one hit before the end of the fifth inning.


Right-handed prospect Aaron Nola, whom the Phillies selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, pitched three scoreless innings in his Grapefruit League debut. He allowed five hits and struck out four. Nola has been in Minor League camp, but the Phillies wanted to give him the experience before they head north next week.

• Yankees starter Michael Pineda tossed five scoreless innings, giving up five hits and striking out five with no walks. The right-hander threw 62 pitches and lowered his spring ERA to 1.32 in his fourth start.

Pineda's scoreless outing

Alex Rodriguez had not been given an opportunity to run from first to third or second to home this spring, a point that Joe Girardi made on Friday morning. Sure enough, Rodriguez had the opportunity to do both, chugging from first to third on Drew's second-inning double and scoring from second base on Chris Young's two-run double in the fifth.

Rodriguez to play first on Sunday

• Jeff Francoeur threw out Rodriguez at the plate to end the second inning. Francoeur is competing for a bench job, and he has a good chance because he hits right-handed, has power and has a good arm.

• Drew came into the afternoon batting just .167 (6-for-36), but the Yankees have been unconcerned because he is working on mechanical adjustments. Those may be working out, as evidenced by his three-hit performance. Drew is locked in as the Yankees' Opening Day second baseman, with Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder expected to begin the season in the Minors.

Drew's two-run single


The Phillies make the long drive south to Fort Myers, Fla., to play the Twins on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET. Right-hander Jerome Williams will start. He is expected to be the team's No. 3 starter this season. Also scheduled to pitch are Rule 5 Draft pick Andy Oliver and Phillippe Aumont. They are competing for bullpen jobs, although Oliver is a favorite for one of them.

The Yankees will host the Orioles on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. ET, sending Scott Baker to the mound for his fourth appearance (second start) of the spring. CC Sabathia was originally slated to start, but he'll take the hill in a Minor League game instead, because the Yankees didn't want him to face the Orioles this close to the regular season. Baker will be opposed by Baltimore right-hander Tyler Wilson in a contest that will be broadcast on YES and WFAN.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.