Yanks' A-Rod homers again, Teixeira hits his first

The Associated Press
Sunday, March 20, 2011; 5:13 PM

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, leading the New York Yankees to an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

With the spring schedule winding down, the Yankees brought all of their regulars to Bright House Field and pounded the short-handed Phillies. Rodriguez had a double to go along with his fifth homer of the spring, and outfielders Brett Gardner and Curtis Granderson had two hits apiece.

CC Sabathia held the Phillies to one run, Jimmy Rollins' first homer, in 6 2-3 innings.

Rodriguez's double off Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton to lead off the second inning extended his spring surge. Rodriguez has hit safely in all 13 games he's played in.

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