On Friday, New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez challenged his teammates to go "all in" this season. On Sunday, A-Rod backed up his words, boosting the Yankees to a 7-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
A-Rod, who is on a mission to redeem himself from the disappointing season he had last year, went 3-3 with a home run, double, two runs scored, and two RBI.
Francisco Cervelli, Jayson Nix, Jose Gil, and J.R. Murphy each added one RBI as well.
Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia started the game for New York, allowing two runs on four hits in two innings pitched. This was not a good outing for Garcia as he battles with Phil Hughes for the final spot in New York's starting rotation.
D.J. Mitchell took the mound after Garcia, throwing two scoreless innings and picking up the win.
Boone Logan, Cory Wade, and Clay Rapada each earned a hold by pitching one inning each. Rapada, the lefty-specialist who was signed after Hideki Okajima failed his physical, looked impressive with two strike outs.
Kevin Whelan pitched the eighth inning and allowed one run, while Chase Whitely pitched a scoreless ninth and earned the save.
The Yankees (2-0) will face the Phillies (0-2) again on Monday at 1:05pm Eastern time.
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