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NEW YORK -- Age is irrelevant for Jamie Moyer. He's focused on winning.
"I don't think that I'm old. So I don't believe it," the 47-year-old Moyer said. "Regardless of what people think or say I still feel like I can go out and compete, and that's my ultimate job."
Boy, did he compete Wednesday night, tossing eight sharp innings to become the oldest pitcher to beat the Yankees.
Moyer bounced back from the worst start of his career to pitch the Philadelphia Phillies past New York 6-3.
"He's been doing it for a long time, a really long time," Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said. "He never throws the ball over the plate. That goes to show you don't have to throw hard. He knows what he's doing. That's why he's been around so long."
Philadelphia roughed up A.J. Burnett (6-5) for its ninth win in 26 games, a stretch that has dropped them into third place in the NL East. The Phillies have scored at least six runs only four times during the slump.
"We scored some runs," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "That's what I said before the game. We start scoring runs that's how we win games."
On Thursday, the Phillies will face Andy Pettitte in the finale of the three-game set. Pettitte won the clincher in last year's World Series between the two teams.
Alex Rodriguez returned to the Yankees' lineup after missing four games because of tendinitis in his right hip and went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI double as the designated hitter. He twice hit soft flyballs in front of the warning track on pitches barely reaching 80 mph.
"I didn't feel anything so today was a real good day," Rodriguez said.
The slugger was noncommittal, though, when asked when he'll play third base again.
"I don't want to predict but it will be very soon," he said. "I'd like to work out a little more."
Moyer (7-6) repeatedly lulled the Yankees into lazy outs with an array of tosses that were slow and slower, some in the mid 60s, and allowed just three hits. His only mistakes went a long way, though. Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada homered for New York's first two hits.
Moyer earned his 265th lifetime victory. He struck out five, walked one and left with a 6-2 lead.
The Yankees scored once off Brad Lidge in the ninth on Rodriguez's double before Posada struck out with two on to end the game.
Manuel flopped Moyer and Kyle Kendrick in the rotation so he could pitch a lefty after right-hander Roy Halladay, who was hit hard in an 8-3 loss Tuesday. Kendrick pitched in relief Friday, when Moyer allowed nine runs and got just three outs at Boston.
Moyer's been around too long to let that start at Fenway Park affect him. He picked at the corners all night, four times getting the Yankees to look at strike three.
"Boston was five days ago," Moyer said. "It wasn't a thought in my mind."
Moyer beat the Yankees at 47 years, 155 days. The previous oldest pitcher to beat them was Phil Niekro at 47 year, 122 days, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Burnett then walked Brian Schneider and Wilson Valdez, the No. 9 hitter, singled before Victorino hit a drive to center that cleared the bases. The many red-clad Phillies' fans in the crowd of 47,414 let out a loud cheer.
Cano homered in the bottom half about halfway up the bleachers in right-center for his 14th of the season.
But Howard led off the third with a shot to the left of Monument Park in center field and Werth followed with one to right for a 6-1 lead.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi removed Burnett with one out in the fourth after he failed to cover first on a sharp grounder down the first base line that Mark Teixeira made a tough play to field but had no one to toss to, giving Chase Utley an infield single.
"Guys know when they make mistakes," said Girardi, when asked what was said after he pulled Burnett. "I don't have to rant and rave. He knows he made a mistake."
|Jamie Moyer yields three hits in eight innings against the Yankees, who can't figure out the soft-throwing vet. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Shane Victorino, CF||4||0||1||3||1||0||0||.250|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||2||.311|
|Chase Utley, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Ryan Howard, 1B||4||1||1||1||0||2||3||.283|
|Jayson Werth, RF||3||1||1||1||1||0||0||.282|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||3||.246|
|Greg Dobbs, DH||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||.154|
|a- Ben Francisco, PH-DH||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.233|
|Brian Schneider, C||2||1||0||0||2||1||0||.278|
|Wilson Valdez, SS||4||1||1||0||0||3||1||.243|
|a-grounded out for Dobbs in the 5th|
|3B - Shane Victorino (7, Burnett)|
|HR - Ryan Howard (11, Burnett), Jayson Werth (11, Burnett)|
|RBI - Shane Victorino 3 (39), Ryan Howard (44), Jayson Werth (40), Greg Dobbs (6)|
|SB - Shane Victorino (15, 2nd base off Burnett/Posada), Chase Utley (3, 2nd base off Logan/Posada), Raul Ibanez (1, 2nd base off Burnett/Posada)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Polanco-Utley-Howard|
|Jamie Moyer (W,7-6)||8||3||2||2||1||5||2||4.76|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jamie Moyer 107-65, Brad Lidge 31-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jamie Moyer 7-11|
|Batters Faced - Jamie Moyer 27, Brad Lidge 6|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||0||.286|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.296|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||1||0||.226|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.291|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.370|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||1||1||1||0||2||2||.290|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.241|
|Kevin Russo, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.209|
|Brett Gardner, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.317|
|2B - Alex Rodriguez (16, Lidge)|
|HR - Robinson Cano (14, Moyer), Jorge Posada (9, Moyer)|
|RBI - Alex Rodriguez (44), Robinson Cano (48), Jorge Posada (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez (9)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|New York Yankees|
|A.J. Burnett (L,6-5)||3.1||6||6||6||4||3||2||4.33|
|IBB - Werth by Boone Logan|
|HBP - Utley (by A.J. Burnett)|
|WP - A.J. Burnett (5)|
|Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 87-48, Boone Logan 33-22, Chad Gaudin 45-30|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 2-5, Boone Logan 4-1, Chad Gaudin 1-5|
|Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 21, Boone Logan 9, Chad Gaudin 9|
|Attendance - 47414|
|Game Time - 2:51|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Lance Barksdale|