Curtis Granderson homered and doubled to lead the visiting Yankees to an 8-5 victory in the Grapefruit League opener.
Beerleaguer: Just one observation. The camera adds 5-to-10 years. Wait. What’s that? The Phillies are actually that old? Oh, right. Not that it's any great revelation. The Phillies fielded the oldest lineup in baseball last season and tacked on more seniority in Jim Thome (40) and Ty Wigginton (34) this winter. I suppose it doesn’t sink in until you actually see the real thing. It didn’t help that the Phils sent a parade of veterans to the hill while the Yankees countered with their best young arms, including Banuelos and Betances. Otherwise, the Yankees are only slightly less geriatric. Another factor is the number of formerly “lithe” players in camp who were at their supplest a decade ago: Juan Pierre, Scott Podsednik, Dontrelle Willis, to name a few. A couple of readers have already grumbled about Chad Qualls, but to me, today was a good reminder that the D-Train, who has appeared in a grand total of 43 games since 2007, probably left the station long ago.