Final

Phillies 1

(9-11, 4-7 away)

Yankees 5

(9-10, 6-4 home)

    7:15 PM ET, March 22, 2005

    George M. Steinbrenner Field, Tampa, Florida 

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    Starter Wright pitched six scoreless innings

    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 Friday.

    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 league game."

    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.

    Game notes


    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.

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