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    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Walking by Alex Rodriguez's locker, Reggie Jackson saw a crowd of reporters.

    "Ask him if he's going to hit 1.000," Mr. October said.

    A-Rod got his spring training season off to a perfect start.

    Rodriguez homered on the first pitch he saw - from Roy Halladay, no less - and added an RBI double and single Sunday that led the New York Yankees over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-4.

    "I'm just lucky that it was the first inning, that he's not quite warmed up yet," Rodriguez said. "He's probably going to be mad next time I face him. He's the greatest pitcher in our game."

    Rodriguez, whose power numbers dropped during an injury filled season in 2011, hit an opposite-field solo homer to right in the first inning. He did not play Saturday in the Yankees' exhibition opener.

    "It's better than striking out," Rodriguez said. "It's good to feel good and get off to a good start. Staying healthy is the most important thing, and I'm making an effort towards that."

    The first at-bat homer after a long break is nothing new for Rodriguez, who hit a three-run drive on May 8, 2009, on the first pitch he saw from Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie. Rodriguez had been sidelined up until to that point after hip surgery.

    "One of my big parts of my job this year is keeping him healthy and fresh," Yankees manger Joe Girardi said. "Three really good swings. Seeing him go to right field the first swing and then pull two balls just tells me that he feels explosive."

    Rodriguez had just 16 homers and 62 RBIs in 99 games last season, a year in which the slugger had right knee surgery, a sprained left thumb and sore left shoulder.

    "It was hit good," Halladay said. "It was one of those pitches (a sinker) I was trying to get in and left it over. Probably as center-cut as you can get."

    Halladay allowed one run, two hits and struck out three in two innings. The two-time Cy Young Award winner, coming off a 19-6 season, struck out two to work out of a two-on, no-outs jam in the second inning.

    "I was really happy with location. I was happy with the way I felt," Halladay said. "But just getting the regular arm slot I think is what I'm really trying to lock in right now. About 80 percent of the time it was good. So, I've got a little ways to go."

    Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia. He also connected Saturday against the Yankees.

    Philadelphia is without first baseman Ryan Howard, being treated for an infection around his surgically repaired Achilles tendon. Howard will be in a walking boot for the next seven to 10 days, and there is no timetable for when he will resume an on-field rehabilitation program.

    Freddy Garcia, bidding to make the Yankees' rotation, gave up two runs and four hits in two innings.

    "You've got to fight for a spot," Garcia said. "I've got to do my job and go from there."

    The Yankees' spring training home opener, which included pregame introductions of former stars like Jackson, Goose Gossage and Lou Piniella, was played with a gusty wind that partially ripped the American flag flying behind the center-field fence.

    The crosswind from left-field corner toward right at a sustained 17 mph didn't impact Pence in the first when he connected on a two-run homer into the breeze.

    Notes: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is scheduled to throw batting practice for the first time Monday and could pitch in a game next weekend. The 42-year-old, who will throw around eight innings during spring training games, said his preparation process is "right on track." ... Phillies RHP Jose Contreras (elbow surgery) is throwing batting practice. ... New York reliever Joba Chamberlain (elbow ligament replacement surgery) is set to add sliders to his bullpen sessions in a week. ... Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of former owner George Steinbrenner, was among the family members at the game. George Steinbrenner died in July 2010 at the age of 80.

     
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    Philadelphia Phillies
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Tyson Gillies, CF3010001 .500
        Juan Pierre, CF2010000 .667
    Scott Podsednik, DH2110000 .500
       a- Laynce Nix, PH-DH3000021 .000
    Ty Wigginton, 3B3000002 .200
        Pete Orr, 3B2000022 .000
    Hunter Pence, RF3112011 .400
        Lou Montanez, RF11100001.000
    Domonic Brown, LF4020001 .333
    John Mayberry Jr., 1B3010001 .167
        Hector Luna, 1B1001000 .500
    Michael Martinez, 2B2110110 .250
        Kevin Frandsen, 2B1000010 .333
    Freddy Galvis, SS4021010 .286
    Tuffy Gosewisch, C3010013 .333
        Steve Lerud, C1000001 .000
    Totals38412419  
    a-struck out for Podsednik in the 5th
    Batting
    2B - Lou Montanez (1, Whelan), John Mayberry Jr. (1, Mitchell), Michael Martinez (1, Wade), Freddy Galvis (1, Wade)
    3B - Domonic Brown (1, Garcia)
    HR - Hunter Pence (2, Garcia)
    RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (4), Hector Luna (1), Freddy Galvis (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Hunter Pence 2 (2), Freddy Galvis (1)
    SB - Scott Podsednik (1, 2nd base off Garcia/Cervelli)
    CS - Domonic Brown (1, 2nd base by Mitchell/Cervelli)
    Team LOB - 8
    Fielding
    E - Domonic Brown (1, Dropped fly), Michael Martinez 2 (2, Misplayed grounder), Ty Wigginton (1, Misplayed grounder)
    Philadelphia Phillies
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Roy Halladay 2211031 4.50
    Joel Pineiro (BS,1; L,0-1) 2331100 4.50
    David Purcey 1000100 0.00
    Antonio Bastardo 1000000 0.00
    Phillippe Aumont 1431020 9.00
    Joe Savery 1000220 0.00
    HBP - A. Jones (by Joel Pineiro)
    WP - Phillippe Aumont (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Roy Halladay 15-15, Joel Pineiro 16-11, David Purcey 8-3, Antonio Bastardo 3-3, Phillippe Aumont 13-12, Joe Savery 15-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roy Halladay 3-1, Joel Pineiro 8-0, David Purcey 2-1, Joe Savery 1-0
    Batters Faced - Roy Halladay 9, Joel Pineiro 13, David Purcey 4, Antonio Bastardo 3, Phillippe Aumont 8, Joe Savery 5
    New York Yankees
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Derek Jeter, SS3000000 .000
        Doug Bernier, SS2000002 .000
    Robinson Cano, 2B3110010 .333
        David Adams, 2B2000010 .000
    Alex Rodriguez, 3B32320001.000
        Corban Joseph, 3B2100010 .000
    Mark Teixeira, 1B3000003 .000
        Jose Gil, 1B11111001.000
    Andruw Jones, LF2010000 .500
        Colin Curtis, LF1000111 .000
    Francisco Cervelli, C2001100 .000
        John Murphy, C2111002 .500
    Chris Dickerson, RF2000115 .333
        Zoilo Almonte, RF10100001.000
    Dewayne Wise, CF3000003 .333
        Melky Mesa, CF1000012 .000
    Justin Maxwell, DH3100012 .000
       a- Jayson Nix, PH-DH1011000 .333
    Totals3779647  
    a-singled for Maxwell in the 7th
    Batting
    2B - Alex Rodriguez (1, Pineiro), Jose Gil (1, Aumont)
    HR - Alex Rodriguez (1, Halladay)
    RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (2), Jose Gil (1), Francisco Cervelli (1), John Murphy (1), Jayson Nix (1)
    2-OUT RBI - Alex Rodriguez 2 (2), Francisco Cervelli (1), Jayson Nix (1)
    SB - Chris Dickerson (1, 2nd base off Purcey/Gosewisch)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    Outfield Assists - Colin Curtis 1
    New York Yankees
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Freddy Garcia 2422021 9.00
    D.J. Mitchell (W,1-0) 2200100 0.00
    Boone Logan (H,1) 1100020 0.00
    Cory Wade (H,1) 1211010 9.00
    Clay Rapada (H,1) 1000020 0.00
    Kevin Whelan (H,1) 1111010 9.00
    Chase Whitley (S,1) 1200010 0.00
    Pitches-Strikes - Freddy Garcia 17-16, D.J. Mitchell 12-7, Boone Logan 8-8, Cory Wade 7-7, Clay Rapada 7-7, Kevin Whelan 6-6, Chase Whitley 7-7
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Freddy Garcia 2-2, D.J. Mitchell 3-2, Cory Wade 1-1, Clay Rapada 1-0, Kevin Whelan 2-0, Chase Whitley 2-0
    Batters Faced - Freddy Garcia 10, D.J. Mitchell 8, Boone Logan 4, Cory Wade 5, Clay Rapada 3, Kevin Whelan 4, Chase Whitley 5
    Game Information
    Attendance - 10981
    Game Time - 2:44
    Temperature - 65
    Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Mark Carlson