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Post-Season Game Recaps

March 4,1999

Toronto - Yankees 2-4

TAMPA, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Shane Spencer's run-scoring single in the seventh inning capped a two-run rally as the New York Yankees began defense of their World Series title with a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The exhibition opener for both teams was tied in the seventh when a wild pitch by Tom Davey plated Luis Sojo. Spencer, who tore up major-league pitching in the final month of the season last year, followed with an RBI single.

Orlando Hernandez started for New York and allowed just a home run to Delgado and one other hit with one walk and four strikeouts over three innings. Jeff Nelson and Mike Stanton tossed a scoreless inning apiece before Mariano Rivera got the final three outs to notch the save.

Chris Carpenter allowed an unearned run over three innings for Toronto, which recorded just five hits and a walk.

March 5,1999

Toronto - Yankees 8 - 6

DUNEDIN, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Darrin Fletcher hit a grand slam and Shawn Green added a two-run single in a six-run fourth inning to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to an 8-6 victory over the New York Yankees in an exhibition game.

Fletcher went 3-for-3 and homered off Mike Jerzembeck to erase a 3-0 deficit. Green's single off Jerzembeck increased Toronto's lead to 6-3.

Peter Munro relieved starter Joey Hamilton and allowed one run in 3 1/3 innings to earn the win. Hamilton pitched 2 2/3 innings and yielded three runs and five hits.

Hideki Irabu started for New York and pitched three scoreless innings.

Alfonso Soriano went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Scott Brosius had two hits and two RBI for the Yankees.

March 6,1999

Boston - Yankees 7 - 4

Line Score
GPFT  CORRECTION
      FINAL
                      1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                      -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
  BOSTON SS           0  0  1   0  0  3   0  1  2    7 12  1
  NY YANKEES SS       1  0  1   0  0  0   1  1  0    4  9  3   FINAL

                 WP - KIRK BULLINGER (1-0)
                 LP - JEFF JUDEN (0-1)
               SAVE - GREG MIX

    HOME RUNS:  BOS - NONE
                NYY - NONE

         TIME:   3:00              ATT:  10,304



Box Score
BOSTON SS (7) AT NY YANKEES SS (4)

 BOSTON SS       AB  R  H BI  NY YANKEES SS   AB  R  H BI
 SADLER SS        2  0  0  0  KNOBLAUCH 2B     3  2  1  0
 EVERETT SS       1  0  0  0  JETER SS         5  1  1  0
 JOHN VALENTIN 3B 3  0  1  0  WILLIAMS CF      3  0  1  1
 LINIAK 3B        2  0  0  0  DAVIS DH         3  0  2  1
 T NIXON RF       3  1  1  0  JIMENEZ PR       0  0  0  0
 STENSON RF       2  1  1  0  BROSIUS 3B       3  0  1  1
 HATTEBERG C      3  1  2  0  BELLINGER 3B     1  0  1  0
 HILLENBRAND C    2  1  1  0  SPENCER RF       3  1  0  0
 OLEARY LF        3  0  1  0  CURTIS LF        4  0  1  0
 BROWN CF         1  0  0  0  JOHNSON 1B       2  0  1  1
 ROMERO DH        3  2  1  0  WALTON LF        1  0  0  0
 DAUBACH 1B       2  0  1  2  GIRARDI C        2  0  0  0
 CHAVALIER PR     1  0  0  0  FIGGA C          2  0  0  0
 TERNI PH         1  0  0  1
 M COLEMAN CF     4  1  1  1
 CUMMINGS PH      0  0  0  0
 CHAMBLEE 2B      5  0  2  1
 TOTALS          38  7 12  5  TOTALS          32  4  9  4
 BOSTON SS               001 003 012-- 7
 NY YANKEES SS           101 000 110-- 4
 E--HATTEBERG, NAULTY, JETER, BRADLEY. DP--BOSTON SS 2, NY
 YANKEES SS 1. LOB--BOSTON SS 12, NY YANKEES SS 8. 2B--JOHN
 VALENTIN, T NIXON, CHAMBLEE, WILLIAMS. SB--KNOBLAUCH.
 S--BROWN.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  BOSTON SS
 SABERHAGEN                        2   1   1   1   2   0   0
 CHO                               2   1   1   1   0   2   0
 BULLINGER (W)                     2   1   0   0   0   0   0
 SANTANA                           1   3   1   1   0   1   0
 GUTHRIE                           1   3   1   1   0   3   0
 MIX (S)                           1   0   0   0   0   0   0
  NY YANKEES SS
 MENDOZA                           2   3   1   1   0   2   0
 JUDEN (L)                     2 1-3   4   3   3   2   2   0
 BRADLEY                       1 2-3   0   0   0   0   0   0
 NAULTY                            1   2   0   0   1   1   0
 CARROLL                           1   3   2   2   1   0   0
 WP--SABERHAGEN, MENDOZA. HBP--KNOBLAUCH BY SABERHAGEN,
 SADLER BY JUDEN, JOHNSON BY CHO.
 T--3:00. A--10,304.

March 7,1999

Minnesota - Yankees 5-6

TAMPA, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Third-string catcher Mike Figga belted a game-winning two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees rallied twice for a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins

Figga, who is expected to spend the year at Triple-A Columbus, gave New York its second win of the exhibition season (2-3) with his first homer off loser Brent Stentz.

Minnesota had taken the lead with a run in the top of the inning off reliever Jeff Nelson.

The Yankees trailed 4-0 in the fourth but completed their initial rally in the eighth when Ricky Ledee smacked a solo homer off Hector Carrasco. Derek Jeter started the comeback with a home run in a two-run fourth before New York cut it to 4-3 in the fifth.

Despite allowing the go-ahead run in the ninth, Nelson (2-0) was the winner.

Yankees lefthander Andy Pettitte left with an undisclosed injury while warming up before the second inning. Earlier in camp, he experiencied discomfort in his pitching elbow.

March 8,1999

Minnesota - Yankees 7 - 6

TAMPA, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Mike Lieberthal doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-6 exhibition victory over the New York Yankees.

Before the game, there was a videotaped tribute and moment of silence for Hall of Fame Yankee great Joe DiMaggio, who died this morning at the age of 84 in Hollywood, Florida.

The Yankees took the field with DiMaggio's No. 5 embroidered on the sleeves of their uniforms. They will don the number throughout the season in memory of the star center fielder who led them to nine World Series titles in 13 seasons with the club.

Curt Schilling started for Philadelphia, yielding one run and three hits with a strikeout in three innings. Ron Gant was 2-for-4 with two RBI and David Coggin earned the win in relief, despite allowing two runs and three hits over two innings.

David Cone was battered for four earned runs and five hits in 2 1/3 innings for the Yankees, who got two hits apiece from Chili Davis, Chad Curtis and Tino Martinez.

Joe Girardi and Paul O'Neill each drove in two runs for New York.

March 9,1999

Houston - Yankees 4 - 5

KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Jerome Walton made his case for a roster spot with a go-ahead, two-out, two-run single in the top of the ninth inning as the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros, 5-4.

Walton, the 1989 National League Rookie of the Year with the Chicago Cubs, singled off former Yankee Xavier Hernandez, plating B.J. Waszgis and D'Angelo Jimenez.

Walton is hoping to make the team as a sixth outfielder. He is competing with veteran Darryl Strawberry, who is recovering from colon cancer.

Hernandez, who was awful with the Yankees in 1994 after being acquired from Houston, walked the bases loaded in the ninth before taking the loss.

The Yankees trailed 4-1 but scored twice in the eighth on a double-play grounder and an RBI double by Shane Spencer.

Mike Buddie picked up the win, allowing one run and two hits with one walk and one strikeout in two innings. Jay Tessmer tossed a scoreless ninth for the save.

Yankees starter Orlando Hernandez was effective over four innings, giving up two runs and five hits with five strikeouts.

Russ Johnson and Chris Truby hit solo homers for the Astros.

March 10,1999

Pittsburg - Yankees 4 - 8

NY Yankees at Pittsburgh

Line Score
GPFT  FINAL
                      1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                      -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
  NY YANKEES SS       0  0  1   1  0  1   0  0  5    8  8  1
  PITTSBURGH          0  0  0   0  1  0   2  1  0    4 12  3   FINAL

                 WP - MIKE STANTON (1-0)
                 LP - JAVIER MARTINEZ (0-1)

    HOME RUNS:  NYY - NONE
                PIT - IVAN CRUZ (2) OFF NICHTING IN THE 7TH
                      ARAMIS RAMIREZ (1) OFF STANTON IN THE 8TH

         TIME:   2:53              ATT:  6,096



Box Score
NY YANKEES SS (8) AT PITTSBURGH (4)

 NY YANKEES SS   AB  R  H BI  PITTSBURGH      AB  R  H BI
 SORIANO SS       5  1  0  0  KENDALL C        3  0  2  0
 POSADA C         2  0  0  0  SECRIST C        1  0  0  0
 NICHTING P       0  0  0  0  MEARES SS        3  0  1  1
 STANTON P        0  0  0  0  NUNEZ SS         2  0  0  0
 WALTON LF        0  1  0  0  GILES RF         2  0  0  0
 ONEILL RF        4  1  0  1  VAN POPPEL P     0  0  0  0
 M RIVERA P       0  0  0  0  D MARTINEZ PH    1  1  1  0
 WILLIAMS CF      3  3  2  2  SAUERBACK P      0  0  0  0
 DAVIS 1B         3  0  1  0  E BROWN RF       1  0  1  0
 BELLINGER 1B     0  0  0  1  K YOUNG 1B       3  0  0  0
 BROSIUS 3B       5  0  2  1  CRUZ 1B          1  1  1  2
 SPENCER RF       5  1  1  0  B BROWN CF       5  0  0  0
 JIMENEZ 2B       3  0  1  0  SPRAGUE 3B       2  0  1  0
 MENDOZA P        0  0  0  1  A RAMIREZ 3B     1  1  1  1
 MCINTOSH PH      1  0  0  0  MORRIS 2B        3  0  1  0
 HOLMES P         0  0  0  0  PATZKE 2B        1  0  0  0
 M HERNANDEZ PH   1  0  0  0  A BROWN LF       4  1  2  0
 FIGGA C          1  1  1  0  JO SILVA P       0  0  0  0
                              MONTGOMERY PH    1  0  0  0
                              PHILLIPS P       0  0  0  0
                              STRANGE PH       1  0  0  0
                              HERNANDEZ RF     2  0  1  0
                              J MARTINEZ P     0  0  0  0
 TOTALS          33  8  8  6  TOTALS          37  4 12  4
 NY YANKEES SS           001 101 005-- 8
 PITTSBURGH              000 010 210-- 4
 E--K YOUNG, DAVIS, B BROWN, J MARTINEZ. DP--NY YANKEES SS
 2, PITTSBURGH 2. LOB--NY YANKEES SS 8, PITTSBURGH 8.
 2B--SPENCER, BROSIUS, D MARTINEZ, E BROWN. HR--CRUZ (OFF
 NICHTING), A RAMIREZ (OFF STANTON). SB--WILLIAMS 2,
 POSADA. CS--SORIANO, HERNANDEZ. S--MENDOZA. SF--BELLINGER.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  NY YANKEES SS
 MENDOZA                           4   2   0   0   0   3   0
 HOLMES                            2   5   1   1   1   1   0
 NICHTING                          1   2   2   2   0   1   1
 STANTON (W)                       1   2   1   1   0   0   1
 M RIVERA                          1   1   0   0   2   0   0
  PITTSBURGH
 JO SILVA                          3   2   1   1   0   2   0
 PHILLIPS                          2   1   1   1   4   0   0
 VAN POPPEL                        2   2   1   1   1   1   0
 SAUERBACK                         1   1   0   0   1   1   0
 J MARTINEZ (L)                    1   2   5   2   2   0   0
 HBP--SPRAGUE BY MENDOZA.
 T--2:53. A--6,096.

March 11,1999

Texas - Yankees 0 - 6

TAMPA, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Roger Clemens hurled four scoreless innings and Chad Curtis homered and drove in four runs to lead the New York Yankees to a 6-0 exhibition victory over the Texas Rangers.

The Yankees, who are being managed by bench coach Don Zimmer in the absence of manager Joe Torre, saw Clemens allow one hit while striking out three in his second outing of the spring. Torre is undergoing treatment and further testing for prostate cancer, which he was diagnosed with on Wednesday.

Curtis hit a solo home run off Texas starter Aaron Sele in the second inning to provide his club with all the offense it needed. Derek Jeter and Chili Davis added two hits apiece for the Yankees (5-5).

New York prospects Luis De Los Santos, Jason Grimsley and reliever Dan Naulty combined to toss four scoreless innings to close out the win for Clemens.

Sele was hung with the loss for the Rangers (2-5), despite yielding just one run and three hits over three innings.

March 12,1999

Kansas - Yankees 6 - 5

TAMPA, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Chad Kreuter homered and drove in a pair of runs and Brian Barber pitched three scoreless innings to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 5-3 exhibition victory over the New York Yankees.

Barber yielded two hits and struck out two as the Royals improved their exhibition record to an American League-best 9-1.

Carlos Beltran, Johnny Damon and Jeff King each drove in a run for Kansas City, which opened a 3-0 lead in the sixth inning on Kreuter's homer off reliever Mike Buddie.

Starter Jeff Juden took the loss for New York (5-6), allowing one run and three hits, walking two and striking out four over three innings.

Clay Bellinger had a two-run double in the ninth for New York and Darryl Strawberry was 0-for-2 and drew a pair of walks in his continuing comeback from colon cancer.

Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill missed the game with the flu.

March 13,1999

Tampa Bay at NY Yankees

Line Score
GPFT  FINAL
                      1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R  H  E
                      -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
  TAMPA BAY           0  0  1   0  0  0   2  0  0    3  7  0
  NY YANKEES          2  0  0   0  0  0   0  0  0    2 14  1   FINAL

                 WP - JIM MECIR (1-0)
                 LP - DAN NAULTY (0-1)
               SAVE - ESTEBAN YAN (1)

    HOME RUNS:  TAM - NONE
                NYY - NONE

         TIME:   2:46              ATT:  10,284



Box Score
TAMPA BAY (3) AT NY YANKEES (2)

 TAMPA BAY       AB  R  H BI  NY YANKEES      AB  R  H BI
 DA MARTINEZ CF   3  1  1  0  SORIANO SS       5  0  1  0
 LOWERY CF        1  0  0  1  MCDONALD LF      4  1  1  0
 CAIRO 2B         3  0  2  1  SPENCER RF       4  1  2  0
 R BUTLER LF      4  0  1  1  DAVIS DH         4  0  2  1
 MCGRIFF 1B       3  0  0  0  CEDENO PR        0  0  0  0
 S COX 1B         0  0  0  0  MARTINEZ 1B      3  0  1  0
 B SMITH 3B       4  0  1  0  RAABE 2B         1  0  0  0
 BOGGS DH         4  0  0  0  POSADA C         3  0  1  1
 M KELLY RF       4  0  0  0  FIGGA C          1  0  0  0
 DIFELICE C       2  0  2  0  CURTIS CF        4  0  1  0
 SANCHEZ PR       0  1  0  0  BROSIUS 3B       3  0  2  0
 OLIVER C         1  0  0  0  BELLINGER 2B     4  0  3  0
 STOCKER SS       2  1  0  0
 LAMB SS          1  0  0  0
 TOTALS          32  3  7  3  TOTALS          36  2 14  2
 TAMPA BAY               001 000 200-- 3
 NY YANKEES              200 000 000-- 2
 E--NAULTY. DP--TAMPA BAY 2, NY YANKEES 1. LOB--TAMPA BAY
 7, NY YANKEES 8. 2B--R BUTLER, B SMITH, POSADA, BELLINGER.
 3B--MARTINEZ. SB--SANCHEZ 2, STOCKER. CS--BROSIUS.
 SF--CAIRO, LOWERY.
                                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR
  TAMPA BAY
 D GARIBAY                         2   7   2   2   0   1   0
 ALDRED                            1   2   0   0   0   1   0
 PLANTENBERG                       1   2   0   0   0   1   0
 DUVALL                            1   0   0   0   0   2   0
 MECIR (W)                         2   0   0   0   0   3   0
 YAN (S)                           2   3   0   0   0   0   0
  NY YANKEES
 CONE                              4   4   1   1   2   4   0
 HOLMES                            2   1   0   0   0   3   0
 NAULTY (L)                        2   2   2   2   1   0   0
 NELSON                            1   0   0   0   0   1   0
 WP--CONE.
 T--2:46. A--10,284.


March 15,1999

Cincinnati - Yankees 4 - 5 (10 innings)

SARASOTA, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Alonzo Powell singled home Jerome Walton with two out in the top of the 10th inning, giving the New York Yankees a 5-4 exhibition victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

Powell's hit off Stan Belinda made a winner out of Jeff Nelson, who recorded his third spring win with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

Tino Martinez hit a solo homer in the second and Shane Spencer smacked a two-run shot in the third, both off Reds starter Steve Avery. The lefthander gave up three runs and four hits in four innings but struck out eight.

New York starter Orlando Hernandez gave up one run in four innings but reliever Ramiro Mendoza surrendered homers to Sean Casey in the sixth and Mike Cameron in the eighth as Cincinnati rallied to tie.

March 16,1999

NY Yankees 2 - Toronto 1 (10 innings)

TAMPA, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Paul Fletcher could not find the plate, issuing six walks in 1 2/3 innings, including a bases-loaded pass to Chili Davis in the bottom of the 10th that gave the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Fletcher did not allow a hit, but walked three in the ninth and three more in the 10th.

Yankees starter Roger Clemens also had control problems, issuing five walks in five innings against his former team. But he allowed just one and three hits before four relievers combined on five shutout innings. Dan Naulty worked a perfect 10th for the win.

Toronto grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first on Carlos Delgado's RBI double. But New York tied it one inning later on Tino Martinez's second spring home run.

Blue Jays starter Kelvim Escobar also went five innings, giving up one run and three hits with three walks and six strikeouts.

March 17,1999
NY YANKEES 6, MINNESOTA 2

FORT MYERS, Florida (Ticker) -- B.J. Wazgis hit a three-run homer off reliever Kevin Ohme in a four-run ninth inning to lead a split squad of New York Yankees to a 6-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in a spring game.

Wagzis replaced catcher Joe Girardi in the late innings and homered in his only at-bat to snap a 2-2 tie.

Shane Spencer had two hits for New York, including a solo homer off Minnesota ace Brad Radke in the second inning. Radke pitched five innings and allowed two runs and five hits. He walked none and struck out six.

Jeff Juden started for New York and yielded two runs in four innings. Luis DeLosSantos, Chris Nichting and Dave Pavlas combined to pitch five scoreless innings in relief for New York. Nichting was credited with the win.

Denny Hocking went 3-for-3 with a solo home run for the Twins.

The game was played before a Twins' single game Florida attendance record of 7,744.

DETROIT 9, NY YANKEES 3

TAMPA, Florida (Ticker) -- Damion Easley had a three-run double and Karim Garcia smacked a two-run homer during a five-run fifth-inning, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 9-3 exhibition victory over a split squad of New York Yankees.

Easley, who was 2-for-4 with four RBI, broke open a 3-2 game by sending reliever Jim Bruske's offering into the left-field corner, scoring Gabe Kapler, Gregg Jefferies and Juan Encarnacion.

Garcia followed with a two-run shot deep over the right-field wall to give the Tigers a 9-2 lead.

Starter Hideki Irabu took the loss, yielding three earned runs and four hits with two walks over four innings.

Felipe Lira notched the win for the Tigers, despite allowing two runs and four hits in two innings. Jefferies and Bill Haselman each had two hits for Detroit.

Bernie Williams and Darryl Strawberry had two hits apiece for New York, which fell to 8-9 this spring.

The Tigers are 5-9.

March 18,1999
CINCINNATI 2, NY YANKEES 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ David Cone was perfect.

The New York right-hander retired all 15 batters he faced in the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Cincinnati Reds Thursday night.

"I always feel like I'm in a position to prove myself, so naturally you want to progress and do well," Cone said. "Even if the results were bad, but I felt good, I would still be happy."

Cone threw just 58 pitches _ including 36 strikes _ during his five inning stint.

"It's nice to have success, no doubt about it," Cone said. "It's nice to be crisp and sharp, throw a lot of strikes and not walk anybody. I was just getting ahead. I had plenty of life on my fastball."

Cone struck out two in his second consecutive strong outing. He gave up one run and four hits in a four-inning performance March 13 against Tampa Bay.

Brian Johnson picked up the Reds' first hit, a one-out double in the sixth-inning off Dan Naulty.

Cincinnati took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning when Aaron Boone and Pokey Reese scored on consecutive throwing errors by shortstop Alfonso Soriano.

Bernie Williams hit his first homer off Reds starter Jason Bere, putting the Yankees up 1-0 in the fourth inning.

Bere worked five innings, allowing one run and three hits. The right-hander walked two and struck out one.

Scott Williamson was the winner. Jason Grimsley took the loss. Gabe White picked up the save.

Notes: New York left-hander Andy Pettitte had his first bullpen session since leaving his spring debut March 7 with a strained muscle in his throwing elbow. He came through it without any problems. Pettitte, who threw 29 pitches, will likely work off the mound again on Saturday. ... After a planned two-week break, Yankees outfielder Darryl Strawberry is scheduled to resume his weekly chemotherapy sessions for colon cancer on Friday. The treatments will continue through April at least. ... Reds left-hander Denny Neagle threw 45 pitches _ including 29 strikes _ in a Class A game. Neagle, who has been hampered all spring by a strained left quadriceps muscle and weak left shoulder, allowed one run and four hits over three innings against Baltimore's Frederick club and may pitch in a B game Tuesday against Minnesota ... 17-year old Dominican Republic right-hander Ricardo Aramboles continues his rapid recovery from major elbow surgery at the Yankees minor league camp and may see his first game action in the next couple weeks.

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