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Papelbon strong in Grapefruit Debut

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Phillies and Yankees kicked off their 2012 Grapefruit League schedules on Saturday at Bright House Field.

Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels, who could become a free agent after the season, got some friendly comments from Yankees fans while warming up in the home bullpen before an 8-5 Philadelphia loss. The Yankees certainly would not mind seeing Hamels in navy-blue pinstripes next season.

Hamels allowed three hits, one run and struck out one in two innings. Former Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez, who signed a contract with the Yankees in February, lifted a perfectly placed popup that fell on the left-field foul line in the first inning, scoring Curtis Granderson from second base to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Two innings after doubling off Hamels, Granderson homered against Dave Bush in the third to make it 2-2.

Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence hit with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first to make it 2-1 Phillies.

The Yankees jumped ahead in the top of the sixth against left-hander Dontrelle Willis, who surrendered an RBI single to Jorge Vazquez following a one-out double by Cole Garner, who added a two-run homer in the seventh. Willis worked one inning, allowing one run on two hits and walking one.

Yankees lefty Manny Banuelos held Philadelphia scoreless across two innings, walking two and striking out none. Fellow prospect Dellin Betances, ranked No. 2, walked two in one scoreless inning.