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A-Rod benched; Yankees three-hit Marlins in front of large crowd

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- A spacious ballpark. Humid air. A rowdy pack of fans.

The Florida Marlins' home was a nice fit for the New York Yankees.

Boosted by a flurry of New York fans who flooded the stadium with navy pinstripes, Andy Pettitte and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Yankees beat the Florida Marlins 5-1 on Friday without a slumping Alex Rodriguez.

Call it Yankee Stadium South.

Pettitte and the rest of the pitching staff could get used to the digs, a nice change to their new stadium in New York, which has become a launching pad for home runs.

"They hit a couple balls tonight that would have been home runs probably at Yankee Stadium," Pettitte said. "So instead of giving up one run, I might have given up three or four tonight at home."

With Rodriguez benched for the first time this season with what he and the team called "fatigue," the Yankees regrouped after two losses at home to the woeful Washington Nationals. Derek Jeter had two hits after being out of the starting lineup the last two games with a sore left ankle, and Melky Cabrera homered for New York.

Cody Ross' home run off Pettitte in the third inning accounted for the Marlins' lone run.

Pettitte (7-3) pitched seven innings, struck out seven and walked none. Brian Bruney and Brett Tomko pitched two hitless innings in relief. Sean West (2-2) took the loss.

Even without Rodriguez, the Marlins couldn't shut down the Yankees' bats.

"It's a great lineup," West said. "The best money can buy."

The Yankees made their rare appearance in Miami with style, helping the attendance-challenged Marlins bring in 35,027 fans, their second best of the season.

The stadium's orange seats were hardly recognizable as New York transplants came in droves, wearing their Yankees caps and pinstripes and sounding off with roars that are rarely heard for baseball games at the Marlins' home.

"Let's Go Yankees!" they cheered, easily drowning out Florida fans.

The spacious grounds also were quite a change for New York. There has been 119 home runs already this season at the new Yankee Stadium, a much harder feat in Miami.

Combine all that with the 5½-hour rain delay in the Yankees' loss to the Nationals on Thursday night, and it was a pleasant change for New York.

"It's definitely better," Yankees center fielder Johnny Damon said. "But I think it's a little more extreme than what we've been dealing with."

The Yankees looked right at home.

Getting a rare at-bat because of interleague play, Pettitte's RBI double in the second highlighted a three-run inning for the Yankees, leaving the pitcher gasping for air as he thought about making the turn for third.

"I'll take the pitching over the bat," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I know he loves it, but I'll take the pitching. I was glad he stopped at second."

Cabrera homered in the fourth to give New York a 5-0 lead, and every Yankees starter had a hit by the fifth inning.

The Yankees were able to slice balls through the thick South Florida air and chase West early. West gave up 10 hits in four-plus innings and struck out seven.

The Yankees even had an extra fan in the dugout.

Rodriguez, who had been set to play his first regular-season game in his hometown of Miami against the Marlins, cheered on the Yankees from the bench. He missed the start of the season following hip surgery and had played in every game since rejoining the team May 8, but Rodriguez and Girardi thought the three-time AL MVP could use two days off.

The struggling slugger is batting .145 (8 for 55) in June. He's in an 0-for-15 slump, and is hitting .212 with nine homers and 26 RBI. He was replaced Friday by Angel Berroa.

"It's an American League lineup," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said, "even though their No. 4 hitter was on the bench."

Notes

  • Jeter's leadoff double in the first tied him with Babe Ruth for the fourth-most doubles in Yankees history with 423.
  • The Yankees last played in Miami for two exhibition games in 2008. Before that, the Marlins and Yankees hadn't played in Miami since the 2003 World Series, which Florida won in six games.
 
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Benched for the first time this season, Alex Rodriguez observes the game from the dugout. (AP)
Benched for the first time this season, Alex Rodriguez observes the game from the dugout. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

A. Pettitte
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 0
K 7
 
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4120101 .308
Johnny Damon, LF5021022 .283
Mark Teixeira, 1B5020012 .286
Jorge Posada, C4021114 .289
Nick Swisher, RF5010012 .243
Robinson Cano, 2B4110112 .310
Melky Cabrera, CF3111201 .287
Angel Berroa, 3B4111025 .150
Andy Pettitte, P3111013 .333
   a- Hideki Matsui, PH0000100 .249
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
    Brett Tomko, P0000000 .000
Totals37513569  
a-walked for Pettitte in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derek Jeter (13, West), Nick Swisher (16, West), Angel Berroa (1, West), Andy Pettitte (1, West)
HR - Melky Cabrera (7, West)
RBI - Johnny Damon (40), Jorge Posada (29), Melky Cabrera (28), Angel Berroa (1), Andy Pettitte (1)
2-OUT RBI - Melky Cabrera (12)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Derek Jeter (3, Throwing)
New York Yankees
Andy Pettitte (W,7-3) 7311071 4.26
Brian Bruney 1000010 2.61
Brett Tomko 1000000 5.11
Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 108-66, Brian Bruney 14-8, Brett Tomko 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 7-8, Brian Bruney 1-1, Brett Tomko 1-2
Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 25, Brian Bruney 3, Brett Tomko 3
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4000010 .266
Wes Helms, 3B4000020 .239
Hanley Ramirez, SS4010000 .324
Jorge Cantu, 1B4010002 .275
Dan Uggla, 2B3000022 .216
Ronny Paulino, C3000002 .287
Jeremy Hermida, RF3000021 .265
Cody Ross, CF3111000 .265
Sean West, P1000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   a- Alejandro De Aza, PH1000010 .250
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .296
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals3113108  
a-struck out for Pinto in the 5th
b-grounded out for Meyer in the 8th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (21, Pettitte), Jorge Cantu (15, Pettitte)
HR - Cody Ross (11, Pettitte)
RBI - Cody Ross (40)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Helms-Uggla-Cantu, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Sean West (L,2-2) 41055271 3.97
Renyel Pinto 1000110 2.42
Brian Sanches 2100210 0.60
Dan Meyer 1200100 2.20
Matt Lindstrom 1000000 5.47
IBB - Cabrera by Renyel Pinto
WP - Dan Meyer (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Sean West 82-47, Renyel Pinto 16-11, Brian Sanches 32-19, Dan Meyer 20-11, Matt Lindstrom 11-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean West 1-3, Renyel Pinto 1-1, Brian Sanches 3-1, Dan Meyer 2-0, Matt Lindstrom 2-1
Batters Faced - Sean West 23, Renyel Pinto 4, Brian Sanches 8, Dan Meyer 5, Matt Lindstrom 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35027
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Mark Wegner