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Eaton struggles as Phils fall to Yanks

Eaton struggles as Phils fall to Yanks

YANKEES 9, PHILLIES 3
at Clearwater, Fla.
Saturday, March 1

Phillies at the plate: Chase Utley pounded his third double of the spring, accounting for Philadelphia's first run of the afternoon. Despite missing five weeks last season, Utley's 48 doubles tied for third in the National League. Carlos Ruiz had two hits and scored two runs. Greg Golson hit a solo shot in the eighth.

Yankees at the plate: Shelley Duncan, one of many players competing for playing time at first base, drove in five runs with a three-run homer and a two-run double. Derek Jeter stroked a double off the top of the center-field wall and scored on the second of former Phillie Bobby Abreu's two singles. American League MVP Alex Rodriquez clubbed his first home run of the spring in the fifth. Jesus Montero and Wilson Betemit also went deep.

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Phillies on the mound: Adam Eaton struggled in his first Grapefruit League outing of 2008. He surrendered three singles and a three-run home run in the first. Chad Durbin allowed two runs on three hits in the third, then tossed a scoreless fourth.

Yankees on the mound: Chien-Ming Wang, the likely Opening Day starter, tossed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit. Darrell Rasner, who is competing for a bullpen job, surrendered one run, but escaped a self-induced bases-loaded jam.

Grapefruit League records: Phillies (2-2), Yankees (1-0).

Up next: Cole Hamels makes his first exhibition start of 2008, taking on Andy Pettitte and the Yankees at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Hamels excelled there in 2004, when he struck out Jeter, Rodriguez and Tony Clark in his Grapefruit League debut. Carlos Carrasco, the Phillies' top prospect, is also scheduled to pitch.

Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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