Phils' Cole Hamels strong over 2 innings; Yanks' Joba Chamberlain perfect in 3rd

TAMPA, Fla. -- Cole Hamels allowed one unearned run over two
innings in his first spring training start to give the Philadelphia
Phillies a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.

The lone hit off Hamels was a two-out double in the second by
Francisco Cervelli that tied it 1-1. The left-hander struck out
two, walked one and hit a batter during his 33-pitch outing.

"It's fun anytime games start," Hamels said. "It's a lot
better than practices. Getting the hitters in there, getting the
game rolling. That's something that's very hard to simulate. It was

The Phillies have assembled a starting rotation that is being
compared to some of the best in baseball history. Roy Halladay,
Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt and Hamels would be the ace on many staffs.

"I'm fortunate," Hamels said. "You never have enough baseball
knowledge. We're always trying to learn. You have guys that have
success, you'll probably learn a little bit more."

Yankees starter Bartolo Colon gave up one run and two hits in
two innings. The right-hander threw 23 of 36 pitches for strikes.

New York reliever Joba Chamberlain, bidding for a setup role in
front of eighth-inning man Rafael Soriano and closer Mariano Rivera, threw a perfect third inning. He reached 94 mph with his

"It's a great sign for me," Chamberlain said.

Dane Sardinha put the Phillies ahead 5-4 in the eighth with a
two-run bloop single to left.

Mark Teixeira, who was hit on the top of the right big toe by
Hamels in the first, hit a fifth-inning RBI triple. The first
baseman expects to have a toe bruise, but added he was OK.

"I get hit all the time," he said. "That's part of the

Teixeira played the final month last season with a broken right
pinky toe, which was caused by a pitched ball.

Colon, out of the major leagues since 2009, is competing with
Freddy Garcia, Ivan Nova and Sergio Mitre for one of the final two
rotation spots behind CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and A.J. Burnett.

"I thought it was a good first step," Colon said through an
interpreter. "I'm going to continue working hard and see what

The 37-year-old right-hander was released by the Chicago White Sox in September 2009 after going 3-6 with a 4.19 ERA in 12 starts.
Colon went 21-8 for the Angels in 2005 and won the AL Cy Young
Award, but he is 14-21 since.

The Yankees held a pregame ceremony to honor former team owner
George Steinbrenner, who died last July at the age of 80. This
marked the Yankees' first spring training game at George
Steinbrenner Field since his death.

Steinbrenner's wife, Joan, and the couple's two daughters -
Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Jessica Steinbrenner - placed
roses on the interlocking N.Y. behind home plate. Steinbrenner's
granddaughter, Haley Swindal, sang the national anthem.

"Since his passing last summer, the support and compassion
shown to us by countless others has brought us great comfort, and
today was another example of it," the Steinbrenner family said in
a statement.

Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner also took
part. Co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, George Steinbrenner's oldest
son, missed the event because of an illness.

Game notes
Spring training instructors, including Yogi Berra, Rich
"Goose" Goosage and David Wells, were introduced before the game.
Reggie Jackson, who had back problems over the winter, missed the
spring training opener, but he is scheduled to join the team before
camp ends. ... Phillies 2B Chase Utley (sore legs) didn't play. ...
New York C Russell Martin (knee) is set to DH on Monday. ...
Yankees INF Jorge Vazquez hit a two-run homer over the batter's eye
in center field during the seventh inning.

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