3/15/2013 3:59 P.M. ET
Hafner hits first spring homer to back strong CC
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
TAMPA, Fla. -- CC Sabathia pitched five innings in his spring debut while Francisco Cervelli and Travis Hafner homered as the Yankees defeated the Marlins, 7-3, on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Making his first start following offseason surgery to remove a left elbow bone spur, Sabathia allowed two runs on eight hits. He is expected to be ready to make the Yankees' Opening Day start on April 1.
Miami scored both runs against Sabathia in the first inning, as Juan Pierre came home on an Austin Kearns double-play ball and Rob Brantly rapped a run-scoring single. Sabathia walked one and struck out two, throwing 46 of 64 pitches for strikes.
Cervelli and Hafner homered off Marlins starter John Maine, who permitted three runs and three hits over three innings, walking two and striking out two. Maine threw 38 of 67 pitches for strikes.
Cervelli slugged a solo blast to left field in the second inning, his first of the spring, and Hafner belted a two-run shot in the third inning for his first in a Yankees uniform.
Yankees third baseman Ronnier Mustelier, considered an outside contender to make the big league club, left the game after suffering multiple contusions to both legs when he collided with a metal railing in pursuit of a fourth-inning foul pop.
Playing his second game at shortstop this spring, Yankees captain Derek Jeter went 1-for-3 and turned a double play in the third inning, doubling off Kevin Kouzmanoff at first base on a Kearns liner.
Up next: The Yankees will play two split-squad games on Saturday, hosting the Phillies in a 12:05 p.m. ET contest at George M. Steinbrenner Field and visiting the Braves for a 5:05 p.m. ET start at Champion Stadium in Lake Buena Vista. Hiroki Kuroda will make his third spring start in the home game, while fifth-starter candidate David Phelps will take the hill against Atlanta.