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Yankees 8, Phillies 3

NEW YORK — Even after adding Roy Halladay, the Phillies can't seem to stop that Yankees lineup.

Nick Swisher and New York handed Halladay a rare thumping, beating Philadelphia and its new ace 8-3 Tuesday night in a World Series rematch.

"We had a great approach," Swisher said. "We did a good job of getting him up in the zone and getting him on the plate."

Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Swisher homered off Halladay to build a comfortable cushion for CC Sabathia in a marquee pitching matchup that fizzled early.

Brett Gardner laced a two-run triple in the second inning, and the Yankees, still missing injured slugger Alex Rodriguez (groin), won their ninth straight home game, their best streak in their second-year ballpark.

"We've got a lot of depth from top to bottom," Gardner said. "No matter the lineup we throw out there and no matter who's on the mound for us, we feel like we have the best team."

Coming off a three-game sweep of the Astros, New York moved a season-best 18 games over .500 at 41-23 with its seventh victory in eight games.

This one came against the slumping Phillies, the two-time defending National League champions who were beaten in six games by the Yankees in last year's World Series. Philadelphia responded by trading for Halladay in December, putting one of baseball's best arms at the top of its rotation.

The 2003 American League Cy Young Award winner with the Blue Jays, Halladay has pitched extremely well for his new team, even tossing a perfect game. But the Phillies are stuck in a slide anyway.

Missing star shortstop Jimmy Rollins and two key pitchers to injuries, they've lost 15 of 21 while falling to third in the NL East. The last time the Phillies were in New York, they were shut out in three straight games by the Mets from May 25-27.

"Everybody's concerned. You have to be. But you can't let that affect how you play going forward," Halladay said.

Sabathia became the latest pitcher to stifle Philadelphia's once-powerful lineup. He won his third straight start and first against a team other than the Orioles since he beat the Rangers on April 16.

Making his third start since his perfect game at Florida on May 29, Halladay matched a career high by allowing three homers, the same number he gave up in his first 13 outings with Philadelphia.

"I knew I was missing, and I didn't get away with many of them," Halladay said. "It was just one of those games where you feel like you're grinding all the time, and it takes a toll on you mentally."

Yankees 8

Phillies 3

Yankees 8, Phillies 3 06/15/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 4:43pm]
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