Yankees dispose of Devil Rays
Mussina outduels youngster Kazmir in final spring outing
TAMPA, Fla. -- Mike Mussina tossed seven solid innings in his final start of the spring, leading the Yankees to a 2-1 win Thursday over the Devil Rays at Legends Field.
Mussina allowed one run on four hits, striking out three without walking a batter.
New York, playing its final home game of the spring, struck Tampa Bay starter Scott Kazmir for two runs in the first inning. Bernie Williams singled in Alex Rodriguez to give the Yankees an early lead, while Hideki Matsui followed with an RBI single of his own, plating Gary Sheffield.
The Devil Rays got one of the runs back in the top of the second, as Josh Phelps drilled a solo home run off Mussina. It was Phelps' team-leading fifth homer of the spring, and his 12 RBIs also lead Tampa Bay.
Kazmir settled in after his rough first inning, sitting the Yankees down in order in the second and third, then getting a double play in the fourth to erase his only other baserunner of the night.
In four innings, Kazmir allowed two runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four.
Mussina was also very efficient, facing the minimum three batters in every inning from the third through the seventh. The right-hander retired the final 11 batters he faced.
The Devil Rays have two games remaining on their exhibition schedule, both against the Washington Nationals. The Yankees play their Grapefruit League finale on Friday in Lakeland against the Tigers.
Mark Feinsand is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.