Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Halladay upbeat as Phils top Yanks ASSOCIATED PRESS
Roy Halladay is feeling good about himself and his pitching.
Halladay allowed one run and three hits in 2a-c innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Yankees 10-5 Friday in Tampa, Fla., New York's seventh straight spring loss.
Halladay is coming off an injury-plagued year in which he had his fewest wins (11) since 2004 and the second-worst ERA (4.49) of his career. The righty missed nearly two months in the middle of the season because of a strained back muscle near his shoulder.
"I feel good right now the way I feel physically and conditioning wise," Halladay said. "Really, I think that is ahead of everything else, and it's a matter of just fine-tuning the pitches."
The 35-year old Halladay gave up one run in two innings during his first spring training start against Detroit. In a 44-pitch outing Friday, he struck out three and walked one.
Halladay struck out Melky Mesa with the bases loaded and two outs in the first. He left after allowing a one-out double in the third to Francisco Cervelli, who scored on Robinson Cano's single off Cesar Jimenez.
"The big thing going forward is to get comfortable with my curveball and cutter," Halladay said.
John Mayberry Jr. drove in three runs and Jimmy Rollins added two RBIs for the Phillies. Closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs -- coming on a double by Addison Maruszak -- and two hits in the fifth.
Cervelli, bidding to be the Yankees' starting catcher, finished with two hits and drew a walk from Papelbon. He also threw out Rollins, who was trying to steal second.
The Yankees had four errors and gave up six unearned runs. New York has 13 errors in eight games.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed four runs -- one earned -- and three hits over 1s-cinnings in his initial exhibition game start for the Yankees.
Yankees third baseman Kevin Youkilis returned after missing the previous three games because of left side soreness. He was charged with an error in the second for misplaying Mayberry's grounder, which led to two Phillies runs. He struck out and walked before leaving after three innings.
Perez sidelined: Indians All-Star closer Chris Perez could be sidelined one month because of a strained shoulder.
Perez, who saved 39 games last season, will not throw for the next week to 10 days. Once he resumes his program, the Indians estimate he will be pitching in games in three or four weeks.
Cruz cleared: Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz has been cleared of more serious issues after team doctors diagnosed a muscle strain in his chest.
Cruz was set to leave Sunday to join the Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic.