- Wallace Matthews, ESPNNewYork.com
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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees took a long, cold trip to nowhere tonight, playing 10 innings against the Houston Astros in blustery, winter-like weather, only to come away with a 4-4 tie. What you need to know:
• In his final tuneup before his Opening Day start on Monday against the Red Sox, CC Sabathia gave up three first-inning runs but then settled down to hold the Astros scoreless through five. He allowed six hits, including three first-inning doubles, walked three, struck out four and surrendered a solo home run to Brandon Barnes. Afterward, Sabathia proclaimed himself ready to start the season.
• Travis Hafner seems to be rounding into form at the right time, going 3-for-4 with a double tonight. The bad news? His spring average is still loitering on the interstate -- .195.
• Brett Gardner went 2-for-3, including an RBI triple, his second of the spring, in the fifth. He is hitting .310.
• Vernon Wells went 0-for-3 in his Yankees debut with two fly outs and a ground out; Lyle Overbay came in to replace Juan Rivera at first base in the seventh and went 0-for-1, flying out into a double play when Neil Medchill was thrown out trying to score from third.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees took a long, cold trip to nowhere tonight, playing 10 innings against the Houston Astros in blustery, winter-like weather, only to come away with a 4-4 tie.