FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — David Phelps went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and two walks with three strikeouts as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2.
Phelps, who is trying to earn a spot in the starting rotation, faced a lineup close to what the Red Sox will field on Opening Day.
"It was fun, man," Phelps said. "They put a lot of their regulars out there. I like that because I can see how my stuff's playing against them. Those guys that have seen me before, I can see how my stuff is. It's also a little easier because we have a scouting report on these guys. But that's as close to a real game as I've had this spring. It was a good atmosphere with the crowd. It was a good night."
Clay Buchholz went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits, with three strikeouts for the Red Sox.
Francisco Cervelli led off the second inning with a home run, his fourth of the spring, to give the Yankees a lead.
Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore, attempting to make his way back into baseball after being sidelined by injuries for more than two years, played a full nine innings. It was the first time this spring he had played a full game, and his second time playing in back-to-back games. He went 1 for 4 with a run scored. He is batting .360 (9 for 25).
Yankees: Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury underwent an MRI Thursday on his ailing right calf, and the exam showed no structural damage. Manager Joe Girardi said he is hopeful Ellsbury, who was scratched from Sunday's game, could play again over the weekend. If not, then by Tuesday, after Monday's off-day.
Shortstop Brendan Ryan was scratched shortly before Thursday's game because of upper back spasms. A team spokesperson said the spasms are unrelated to Ryan's previous back ailments, which had limited him to nine plate appearances this spring. It is uncertain if he will be ready for opening day.
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