Blanton, Phillies Defeat Yankees, 9-3
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Joe Blanton threw two shutout innings and third baseman Placido Polanco drove home the game’s first run as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 9-3 in exhibition play on Monday.
For both Blanton and Polanco, it was their first chance to get on the field in 2012 after injury-plagued 2011 seasons.
The 31-year-old Blanton, who had averaged 32 starts in his first six big league seasons, made just eight in 2011 while battling elbow soreness. On Monday, Blanton allowed two hits, struck out one and recorded five groundball outs.
The Yankees had their first look at offseason acquisition Michael Pineda. The 23-year-old right-hander, traded from Seattle in a deal that included catching prospect Jesus Montero, held the Phillies to one hit in two shutout innings. Pineda made the All-Star team as a rookie with the Mariners last season.
Source: Associated Press