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Yankees Spring Training 2012: New York Vs. Philadelphia Preview And Week Schedule

It's only March 5th, but today the Yankees will go for their first "sweep" of the year against the reigning NL East champion Phillies.

On Monday, the Bombers will look to make it three in a row before moving on to face another Pennsylvania opponent in the Pirates.

In the first two meetings, New York has won 8-5 and 7-4 on Saturday and Sunday respectively. So far, Curtis Granderson has appeared to stay hot even through winter, hitting a home run and scoring twice in the first contest. Then yesterday Alex Rodriguez hit a bomb off of Roy Halladay, en route to a 3 for 3 afternoon.

For Philadelphia, Hunter Pence went deep on Sunday in a losing effort off of Freddy Garcia after doing so the day before against Ivan Nova. Jonathan Papelbon has also been a noticeable bright spot in a very small sample size, throwing a 1-2-3 inning on Saturday.

As for the rest of this week's schedule:

Tuesday: New York at Pittsburgh

Interesting to see how much the Pirates have continued to improve under Clint Hurdle.

Wednesday: Tampa Bay at New York

Two World Series favorites meet for the first time

Thursday: New York at Toronto

A good time to see Jose Bautista, when the games don't count.

Friday: Atlanta at New York

The Yankees get a nice look at a team primed for a postseason run.

Saturday:New York at Atlanta

So nice, they'll do it twice.

Sunday: Philadelphia at NY Yankees

And we start again...

For more Yankees and Spring Training coverage, be sure to check out Pinstripe Alley and SB Nation New York.