Friday, November 17, 2017
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Jeter gets first hits, Yankees beat Phillies

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CLEARWATER — Derek Jeter had his first two spring training hits to end an 0-for-10 slide and Masahiro Tanaka gave up a home run to Freddy Galvis in the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Phillies on Thursday.

Jeter grounded out in the first inning, then singled to left in the third and doubled to center in the fifth.

Tanaka, the Japanese star signed to a $155 million, seven-year contract, made his second spring training appearance and second against the Phillies. Starting for the first time, he allowed two hits and one run in three innings, giving up Galvis' tying homer in the third.

"I felt that I wasn't at the top of my game going onto the mound," Tanaka said through a translator. "Including the results and everything, I feel like I did okay."

Tanaka said he enjoyed pitching against familiar faces.

"Looking at some of the broadcasts back in Japan of the major-league game, you get a chance to see batters like Chase Utley or Ryan Howard," Tanaka said. "Actually going up on the mound and facing them, you realize, for instance, how Ryan Howard is further back in that batter's box than I thought he would be."

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick gave up one run and three hits in three-innings, including a home run by Ramon Flores leading off the third.

Phillies: Hamels has fatigue setback

CLEARWATER — Phillies LHP Cole Hamels won't throw off a mound for at least another week after feeling fatigue from his latest throwing session.

Hamels entered spring training behind schedule after dealing with biceps tendinitis in November. Hamels, 30, said after Saturday's mound session, his third of spring training, he doesn't feel 100 percent.

"I believe I threw 35 pitches," he said. "To my body it felt like a thousand."

Hamels was scheduled to face hitters for the first time in a bullpen session Thursday but that was canceled. He was noncommittal about joining the rotation in April.

"I think that's the last thing I'm going to think about," he said. "Ultimately I just want to get back out and get on the mound and see how I'm going to fare there."

GM Ruben Amaro said there is no concern over the structural integrity of Hamels' arm: "The only thing that's a concern for me is the fact that we have to push him back. The fact that he's throwing, not having any pain or anything like that, this is part of the rehab. We just have to be patient."

Blue Jays: Buehrle unclear after rainout

BRADENTON — The Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pirates was rained out and will not be made up.

Toronto returned to Dunedin and hosts the Rays today. LHP Mark Buehrle was scheduled to start Thursday on six days' rest, and it is likely that manager John Gibbons is not happy about the added time between outings.

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