TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect inning in
his first outing since being sidelined with mild bursitis in his
right elbow, and the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia
Phillies 5-1 on Tuesday night.
"I had no doubt," Rivera said. "I feel good. I thought I was
going to be OK."
Rivera was shut down March 14 after feeling some soreness in the
elbow. He has pitched four times this spring, allowing one hit over
four scoreless innings.
Rivera broke the bat of Tomas Perez on his first pitch. Second
baseman Robinson Cano then made a nice play to retire Perez on a
drag bunt. Cano also made a diving stop before throwing out Ryan
Howard one batter later.
Yankees starter Jaret Wright allowed four hits over six
scoreless innings. He had three strikeouts and two walks. It was
Wright's first game since his son, Gunner Sam, was born last
The Yankees have been taking a slow approach with the
35-year-old Rivera this spring.
"Mariano is fine," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "His
control was a little better that I thought it would be."
Rivera didn't throw during the offseason, but doesn't believe
that had any impact.
Wright retired 12 in a row before Placido Polanco and Bobby
Abreu opened the sixth with singles. After Jim Thome hit into a
double play, center fielder Colin Porter caught Pat Burrell's drive
at the wall.
"He looked determined, and seemed comfortable with what he's
doing," Torre said.
Paul Quantrill, sidelined by a rib injury, pitched a scoreless
eighth for the Yankees.
Gary Sheffield's RBI grounder put the Yankees up 1-0 in the
third. Porter made it 2-0 on a fourth-inning run-scoring single.
Doug Glanville had a sacrifice fly, and Andy Phillips hit a
two-run triple that put the Yankees up 5-0 in the seventh.
Howard had an RBI single for the Phillies in the ninth.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins (bruised knee), third baseman David Bell
(lower back) and catcher Mike Lieberthal (elbow) all returned to
the Phillies' lineup. It was the first major league spring training
game this spring for Bell, who had appeared in minor league games
the previous two days.
Bell hit an inning-ending grounder with the bases loaded in the
first and struck out swinging in the third.
"I feel good," Bell said. "I'm happy to be playing in a big
Rollins and Lieberthal were both hitless in three at-bats.
Philadelphia starter Pedro Liriano gave up two runs and two hits
in 3 2-3 innings. He struck out three and walked four.
Phillies LHP Randy Wolf allowed one run over five innings in a
minor league game. ... New York CF Bernie Williams (upper back)
hasn't resume hitting and will be out at least a few more days. He
was hurt in batting practice Sunday. ... St. Louis pitching coach
Dave Duncan spent part of the Cardinals off day watching his son
Shelley Duncan played for the Yankees' Double-A Trenton team in a
minor league spring training game. ... The Phillies optioned RHP
Geoff Geary to Triple-A Scranton. RHP Dan Giese, INF-C Chris Coste
and INF Danny Sandoval were re-assigned to the minor league camp.
... Torre could officially name LHP Randy Johnson as the Opening
Day starter Wednesday. ... Wright said he threw balls against his
house for his throwing program when away from the team.