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Yankees down Phils in GFL opener

Phillies RF Hunter Pence celebrates a two-run homer in the 1st inning. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Grapefruit League is under way.

The Phillies dropped their opening game of Spring Training, 8-5, to the New York Yankees Saturday afternoon in sunny Clearwater in front of a sold out crowd.

Cole Hamels pitched very well and efficient in his first start of the Spring. The left-hander went two innings, allowing a run on three hits while striking out one. He faced nine batters and threw 15 pitches.

Former Phillies Raul Ibanez started as the designated hitter. He drove in the lone run off Hamels, a bloop double down the right field line in the 1st inning.

Jonathan Papelbon made his one-inning spring debut in the 5th inning. He cruised through three batters, inducing two pop ups and a fly out on a nice play by Tyson Gillies in center.

The Phillies got their only two runs off the bat of Hunter Pence until the 9th inning. Pence got the green light on a 3-0 pitch and drove Yankees starter Ivan Nova’s offering over the wall in right-center.

Kevin Frandsen added a two-run homer and Tyson Gillies had an RBI double in the bottom of the 9th.

The Yankees took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 6th. Dontrelle Willis, making his spring debut for the Phils, allowed a lead-off double and an RBI single to break the 2-2 tie.

New York expanded on that lead in the 7th when Dewayne Wise hit an RBI triple and Cole Garner hit a two-run bomb to make it 6-2.

The Phillies and Yankees will play again tomorrow in Tampa, the Yankees Spring Training complex. Roy Halladay will start for the Phillies.

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