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Spanking the kiddies

4/3/2010

The Yankees wrapped up their spring by spanking a team made up of minor-league prospects, 9-6, before a less-than-capacity crowd at Steinbrenner Field. Javier Vazquez worked the first 4-1/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, and was followed by Mark Melancon and Noel Castillo, both of whom are headed to Triple A.

Jonathan Albaladejo, who appeared in 32 games for the Yankees last year and posted a 5-1 record out of the bullpen, started for the Futures and failed to survive the first inning, allowing a two-run double to Robinson Cano and an RBI sacrifice fly to Nick Swisher before departing with two out.

Most of the regulars -- Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner, and Jorge Posada, who doubled after missing a couple of days with a stiff neck -- started and played three innings, but with Nick Johnson (bone bruise) being held out, Randy Winn started in right and Swisher replaced Johnson at DH.

Marcus Thames celebrated being officially named to the roster by hitting a fifth-inning home run off Ivan Nova.