PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. – The second consecutive 8-to-5 final score for the Yankees is one they can be proud of, as they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

The first base battle is really starting to heat up, as Luke Voit matched Greg Bird‘s strong start by collecting two hits. The second was an absolutely clobbered three-run home run to left-center field.

Tyler Wade also continued his hot start to the spring by adding two doubles and a single. It’s interesting to note that he started in left field today, indicating the Yankees might use him as a multi-positional utility player.

On the pitching side, Jonathan Loáisiga did not allow a hit in two scoreless innings. Things were smooth until No. 8 prospect Trevor Stephan entered the game and then allowed three homers in the fifth inning.

The game ended on a rather odd play. With Stephen Tarpley in for the save, Jim Haley lined a single into the right-field corner. Zack Zehner dug it out and fired in quickly with a throw wide of the second base bag. Oswaldo Cabrera corralled the throw and realized that Haley had come off the base. Cabrera applied the tag and that was that.

Notes From Tampa:

  • Danny Farquhar‘s recovery from a brain aneurysm continued as he threw a four-batter simulated inning on the field at George M. Steinbrenner Field. He faced fellow non-roster invitees Francisco Díaz and Gio Urshela twice, inducing two strikeouts, a fly-out to left and one walk. “Just to see my family, my kids so happy and just enjoying themselves gives me that extra boost of energy,” Farquhar told Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.
  • We all know about the bat, but Voit wants to work on his defense to turn himself into a complete first baseman. “My goal this year is to obviously to win a World Series but to make my defense night and day. I want to win a Gold Glove. That’s kind of my mindset,” he said to Erik Boland.
  • We’re not sure when he’ll debut, but Luis Severino threw another simulated game in Tampa today. It seems the Yankees are bringing him along slowly after he noticeably fatigued in the second half. I’d imagine he’ll debut at some point this week.

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