TAMPA, Fla. -- Drew Butera's bases-clearing double highlighted a five-run fourth inning off David Phelps as the Twins defeated the Yankees, 5-1, on Thursday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Phelps had enjoyed a breezy spring in competition for a rotation slot until the rocky inning, in which Butera blasted a deep drive over Ichiro Suzuki's head in left field to score Miguel Sano, Darin Mastroianni and Joe Benson.
Aaron Hicks connected for a sacrifice fly and Chris Parmelee added a run-scoring single off reliever Juan Cedeno in the inning.
Phelps surrendered six hits in 3 2/3 innings, tossing 46 of 81 pitches for strikes as he walked three and struck out six. Phelps entered the game having allowed five earned runs in 19 innings over his first five starts of the spring.
Twins right-hander Liam Hendriks turned in a solid outing as he battles for a rotation spot, limiting the Yankees to an unearned run and one hit over four innings. Hendriks walked two and struck out two in his sixth start of the spring.
Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano returned to the lineup after winning honors as the World Baseball Classic MVP with the Dominican Republic squad, going 1-for-2 with a fourth-inning single.
New York closer Mariano Rivera pitched around a leadoff single to turn in a scoreless fifth inning, striking out three in a 20-pitch outing.
Up next: The Twins and Yankees will meet again Friday, as the two travel down Interstate 75 for a 1:05 p.m. ET rematch at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Likely Opening Day starter Vance Worley will get the nod for Minnesota, while New York will send right-hander Ivan Nova. Trevor Plouffe is expected to return and get the start at third base for Minnesota.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.