CLEARWATER — RHP Roy Halladay's spring debut with the Phillies did nothing to kill the buzz that engulfed Philadelphia when the team dealt for the former Cy Young Award winner three months ago.
Halladay threw a pair of hitless innings and struck out three in a 3-2 win over the Yankees on Thursday.
Halladay, 32, was at the crux of a four-team set of trades in December between the Phillies, Blue Jays, Mariners and A's.
"I was excited for it," said Halladay, who spent his first 12 seasons with the Blue Jays. "You anticipate it, but once you get into the game, the game is always the same. Your approach is the same. … It's as much fun for me as it is for everyone else."
Halladay allowed one base-runner. New York 1B Jamie Hoffmann reached on an error by 3B Placido Polanco with one out in the first.
Halladay struck out C Jorge Posada then got 2B Robinson Cano to fly out to end the inning. Halladay struck out RF Nick Swisher and LF Randy Winn to begin a 1-2-3 second inning.
"He's a master of the strike zone," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He's got good stuff, an assortment of pitches and he can throw them all for strikes. And he's got confidence in all of his pitches."
Halladay believes the makeup of the clubhouse — a majority of veterans who have played in the postseason in the last three seasons — has made his fitting in easier than he expected.
"It surprises me how easy it has been every day to come in and feel normal," Halladay said. "There are going to be different things, like facing teams you're not used to. But it surprises me how comfortable it's been."
Rally: After Halladay exited, right-handers Kyle Kendrick, Jose Contreras and Andrew Carpenter also threw two shutout innings. The Yankees scored twice in the top of the ninth for a 2-1 lead, but Wilson Valdez and Paul Hoover each collected RBI hits off Wilkins Arias in the bottom half for the win.
Next up: LHP Cole Hamels is scheduled to pitch today in Dunedin against the Blue Jays. … LHP Jamie Moyer, who had three different offseason surgeries, is on tap to start in the "B" game in Clearwater today.
Yanks: Sabathia not completely satisfied
CLEARWATER — The Yankees lineup that got only one baserunner aboard against Phillies ace Roy Halladay in a 3-2 loss was without SS Derek Jeter, 3B Alex Rodriguez and 1B Mark Teixeira.
No matter, Yanks starter CC Sabathia said: "He's filthy. He was dealing today."
As for his own effort, Sabathia did not allow a run in his two innings. He allowed two hits and two walks and had no strikeouts.
"I threw all my pitches," Sabathia said. "Went well, I guess, for my first one out."
But he wasn't thrilled with his delivery. "I had a couple of times where I fell off the mound and wasn't headed toward the plate," Sabathia said. "That's why you saw changeups in the other batter's box, so that will be something I'll work on in my bullpen coming up."
Jays: Prospects shine
LAKELAND — J.P. Arencibia hit a two-run homer in the ninth to lift the Blue Jays to a 9-7 victory over the Tigers.
Arencibia, Toronto's first-round draft choice in 2007, homered off Zach Miner.
"He just missed his first one, too," said Jays manager Cito Gaston, referring to Arencibia's sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Rookie LHP Zach Jackson, another former first-rounder, got the win after striking out four in two innings of relief.
Toronto's starter, LHP Marc Rzepczynski pitched two shutout innings, giving up a walk and a single.
RHP Kyle Drabek, a former first-round pick of the Phillies, gave up two runs in two innings in his first appearance since coming to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade. Drabek, 22, is the son of former major-league pitcher Doug Drabek.