Abreu, A-Rod power Yanks over Jays
Outfielder drives in two, third baseman homers to back Wang
YANKEES 6, BLUE JAYS 1
at Tampa, Fla.
Tuesday, March 11
Yankees at the plate: Playing on his 34th birthday, Bobby Abreu stroked a two-run double to center field in the first inning, giving the Yankees a quick 2-0 lead. Alex Rodriguez followed with a two-run home run over the center-field wall, A-Rod's second homer of the spring. Abreu nearly had another RBI in the second as he singled to center, but Jose Molina was thrown out at the plate by Wells. Melky Cabrera added an RBI double in the fourth. Jason Lane clubbed a solo homer leading off the sixth against David Purcey, his first of the spring.
Blue Jays on the mound: Making his first start of the spring after two relief appearances, Gustavo Chacin had a rough first inning, allowing the two-run double to Abreu and the two-run homer to Rodriguez. The left-hander finished by allowing five hits and two walks in two innings, throwing 36 pitches (20 strikes). Kane Davis allowed one run on four hits in three innings.
Yankees on the mound: Wang fared much better than his last start, when he didn't make it out of the first inning against the Reds. The sinkerballer broke two bats in the first two innings, including a double play by Frank Thomas, and walked off the mound after 3 2/3 innings to a warm ovation. The right-hander allowed two hits, struck out one and walked none. Kyle Farnsworth tossed a scoreless inning, while Darrell Rasner allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings.
Up next: The Yankees travel south to St. Petersburg on Wednesday, meeting up with the Rays at Progress Energy Park. Andy Pettitte will make the start for New York, and Andy Sonnanstine counters for Tampa Bay. Chris Britton, LaTroy Hawkins, Billy Traber, Edwar Ramirez, Brian Bruney and Jose Veras are also scheduled to pitch. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. ET.
The Blue Jays are back home on Wednesday in Dunedin, as A.J. Burnett toes the rubber for Toronto against Pittsburgh. Zach Duke starts for the Pirates, with first pitch set for 1:05 p.m.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.