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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Afternoon notes: D-Rob, Joba impress

By Wallace Matthews



CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Yankees lost, 4-3 to the Phillies, for their third loss in four games this spring, but it wasn't all bad news.

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Ichiro Suzuki
1. THE PITCHING WAS GOOD: Rookie Jose Ramirez started and worked two scoreless innings, but more importantly, both David Robertson and Joba Chamberlain pitched well in their spring training debuts. Robertson pitched the third inning and allowed no hits and a walk. Chamberlain gave up a hit but struck out two batters, one on a slider and the other on a fastball. No gun here at Bright House Field, but it looked like he was throwing hard.

2. ITCH TO SUCCEED: Ichiro Suzuki gave a glimpse of what it could be like with him near the top of the batting order this season. Hitting in the two-hole behind Eduardo Nunez, Ichiro had three singles -- he beat out an infield hit to start the game -- and stole a base to set up the Yankees' first run.

3. J.R. SHOT: Rookie catcher J.R. Murphy rocked a two-run homer off Zach Miner in the seventh to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. The Phillies rallied for three runs off Zach Nuding in the bottom of the seventh to pull it out.

4. YOUK LISTEN TO ME: Joe Girardi seemed unamused to hear that Kevin Youkilis, who was scratched from the game after complaining of some pain above his left hip after Monday's workout, might be less than eager to volunteer information on minor injuries in the future. "You don’t want something really, really minor to turn into something big," Girardi said. "I will make that known to him, too."

Girardi said Youkilis would not play in Wednesday's home game against the Orioles, either. "We're gonna make him jump through some hoops, first. Dry swings and then maybe some BP before we let him play."