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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Post-game notes: Bombers are back

By Wallace Matthews

SARASOTA, Fla. -- For tonight, anyway. The Yankees got a pair of 7th inning home runs from the two guys who thought they were going to split left field but now are vying just to hang on with the arrival of Vernon Wells -- Brennan Boesch and Ben Francisco. Boesch hit a two-run homer and Francisco a solo shot in the six-run seventh to lift the Yankees to an 11-8 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the second-to-last preseason game of spring training 2013.

MR. PHELPS ACCEPTS HIS ASSIGNMENT: That would be David Phelps, who was competing for the No. 5 roster spot but wound up getting it by default when Phil Hughes hurt his back. Phelps' likely final tuneup -- he may throw again in April -- for his start on April 6 was mensa-mensa: 5 1/3 innings, 3 runs on four hits, including Nate McLouth's two-run homer in the fifth. "I'm satisfied with my spring but I'm not overly happy with it," said Phelps, who finishes up 3-3 with a 4.18 ERA. "I came into the spring fighting for a spot and it paid off, but I don’t want to be satisfied just with that. It’s one thing to get there. It's another thing to stay there."

Lyle Overbay
Lyle Overbay singled in the fifth inning of Wednesday's win against the Baltimore Orioles.
TWO DAYS TO GLORY: The first full day of Lyle Overbay's three-day audition to make the Yankees was a success. Overbay went 2-for-5 and played a flawless first base. He'll no doubt start in tomorrow's preseason finale against the Pirates and then, Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi will have to make a quick decision. "He did OK today," Girardi said. "We're trying to get as quick a look at him as we can, but he looked OK today."

KIDS DAY: Six of the Yankees 11 runs were driven in by young players destined for AAA this season, two each by Addison Maruszak, Bobby Wilson and Mason Williams. Nick Goody, who missed nearly all of spring training after spraining an ankle in a car accident, threw a scoreless (one hit) eighth inning, and Preston Claiborne pitched a 1-2-3 ninth.

SICK BAY: Girardi says Ronnier Mustelier's right knee just "cracked" while he was running in the outfield before the game. "It's the same knee that he banged hard," Girardi said, referring to Musty's violent collision with a railing while chasing a foul pop at The Boss two weeks ago. "I don't know if it's in the same spot, but he'll see the doctor (Thursday)." Robinson Cano, who was scratched before the game, was "just a little under the weather," according to Girardi, who hopes Cano will be able to play tomorrow.