SPRING TRAINING Matsui's homers lift N.Y. past Tribe
The Indians lost both split-squad games while the Pirates beat the Yankees.
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- Sore-armed Hideki Matsui belted two long home runs Saturday to help a New York Yankees split squad beat a Cleveland split squad 8-5.
The Yankees outfielder has been wearing a protective sleeve on his right arm this week after experiencing some soreness while throwing, but Matsui said he has battled arm soreness during spring training in the past.
"It didn't affect me at all today," Matsui said through a translator.
Indians starter Scott Elarton gave up both of Matsui's homers, each sailing well over the right-field fence.
New York pitching prospect Chien-Ming Wang allowed a first-inning run on Casey Blake's sacrifice fly, then retired 10 of the last 11 batters he faced over four innings.
Blake, Jeff Liefer and Jose Hernandez hit home runs for Cleveland.
Nationals 8, Indians (ss) 2
VIERA, Fla. -- Tomo Ohka pitched five strong innings and Cristian Guzman had another good day at the plate, leading the Washington Nationals over a Cleveland Indians split squad.
All-Star second baseman Jose Vidro played his first game for Washington since March 12, when he hyperextended his right elbow. Vidro, who missed much of last season with a knee injury, went 0-for-3 but fielded six balls cleanly.
Ohka allowed one run and three hits while striking out four. The run was the first he has given up in spring training, and it came on a homer by Indians pitcher Jason Bere in the third inning.
Guzman went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a single. He also scored a run and is 11-for-22 this spring.
"I feel real comfortable at the plate right now," said Guzman, who left Minnesota to sign a $16.8 million, four-year contract with the Nationals during the offseason.
Ryan Ludwick led the Indians with two doubles.
Pirates 5, Yankees (ss) 3
TAMPA, Fla. -- Jason Giambi joked that he had to "get the cobwebs out" of his first baseman's glove. They were gone one batter into the game.
Giambi made a strong defensive play in his initial start at first base this spring, but a New York Yankees split squad lost to the Pirates.
Giambi took a hit away from leadoff batter Tike Redman in the first, diving to his right to grab a grounder before completing the unassisted putout.
"I was going to put money down that first grounder was going to find me," Giambi said. "I was happy. I thought the game would be a little bit faster being the first time on the field. I was surprised that I was a little bit ahead of schedule there."
The Yankees went up 1-0 in the second on Giambi's RBI double.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter left with a bruised left foot after fouling a ball off it in the fifth. He will undergo treatment today, and might miss the road game against Tampa Bay.
"I have a shin guard and never hit it," Jeter said. "I'll be all right."
Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Felix Rodriguez to give the Pirates a 5-3 lead.
Craig Wilson put the Pirates up 3-2 with his homer in the sixth. Womack's shot tied it in the seventh.
Pirates starter Dave Williams allowed two runs and seven hits in four innings.
Ruben Sierra went 2-for-4 as the Yankees' designated hitter. He had been sidelined since March 7 by a left rib cage injury.