Granderson homers as Yankees beat Phillies 7-3

The Philadelphia Phillies' Shane Victorino (8) steals second base ahead of the New York Yankees' Doug Bernier, left, during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

February 27, 2011 2:10:46 PM PST
Curtis Granderson hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and the New York Yankees never lost their lead in a 7-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.

After Phillies starter Joe Blanton threw three hitless innings, minor league right-hander Justin De Fratus entered and walked Brett Gardner. One out later, Granderson drilled a two-run home run to left.

Jorge Vazquez also hit his second home run in as many games. He led off the ninth inning by taking a 1-2 pitch out to left.

But on an afternoon when several stars were out of both lineups, the All-Star-studded Yankees infield didn't make the trip and Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley nursed a right knee injury, players competing for jobs made strides on both teams.

Yankees starter Ivan Nova struck out two over two perfect innings.