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Young righthander Carlos Carrasco lost further ground in the competition for the 5th spot in the starting rotation after being pounded for 4 runs on 6 hits in 5 innings, including 2 of 4 Yankee homers as the boys from the Bronx pummelled both Carrasco and lefthander reliever Scott Eyre enroute to a 10-2 drubbing of the Phillies on Thursday.

The Phils offense consisted of back-to-back 1st inning solo homers off of  Joba Chamberlain by 2nd baseman Chase Utley, his 2nd dinger of the spring, and 1st baseman Ryan Howard.

Yankee dh Hideki Matsui solved Carrasco in the 1st inning with a man on top put the Yanks up 2-0 but Utley and Howard answered for the Phils with back-to-back 1st inning dingers as the Phils drew even.  That was all she wrote for the Phillies offense for the game.   Chamberlain settled down allowing 1 more hit in his 4 1/3 innings, although he walked 3 while striking out 3.  The rest of the Yanks bullpen gave up but 3 hits in 4 2/3 innings while walking 5 as the Phils couldn’t capitalize on the free passes.

3rd baseman Cody Ransom off of Carrasco in the 4th inning, while rightfielder Nick Swisher and centerfielder Melky Cabrera also homered for the Yanks.  The latter 2 connected in the 8th with Cabrera’s being a 2 run shot as homers accounted for 3 of the 5 runs scored against Eyre.

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports:

Carrasco entered the spring as a candidate for the fifth-starter’s job. He is no longer a candidate, but he continues to pitch to gain experience before he starts the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Reliever Clay Condrey gave up a single run in the 6th while closer Brad Lidge and Mike Koplove pitched perfect 7th and 9th innings for the Phils.

For Chamberlain, it was his 3rd win without a loss  in the exhibition season, while losing pitcher Carrasco’s record evened at 2-2.

For all of the Wednesday’s and Thursday’s results of spring training play,   click here and here.

The Phils travel to Houston’s spring venue on Friday as righthander Brett Myers (1-1, 2.63 ERA), the possible Opening Night starter, gets the starting nod.

For all of Friday’s and Saturday’s scheduled exhibition games,  click here and here.

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