- Associated Press - Monday, March 3, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - David Robertson pitched a scoreless fourth inning Monday in his first appearance as the Yankees’ new closer in New York’s 4-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Robertson hit his first batter, Danny Espinosa, then induced a double-play grounder by Tyler Moore to shortstop Derek Jeter, who fielded a tough-hop grounder. Robertson is replacing career saves leader Mariano Rivera, who retired after last season.

“It was OK. … I got three outs,” Robertson said. “I would have liked to throw some better pitches, but I’ll get another chance.”

Jeter went 0 for 3, including a double-play grounder. He is hitless in seven at-bats over three spring training games. The Yankees captain broke an ankle in the 2012 AL championship series and played in just 17 games last season.

Zach Walters hit a solo homer for the Nationals.

TRAINING ROOM

Nationals: Outfielder Bryce Harper, sent home Sunday with flulike symptoms, is expected to play Tuesday against Atlanta.

“He actually wanted to come on the trip, but after yesterday I just told him to take another day,” manager Matt Williams said.

Right fielder Jayson Werth, who strained his right biceps while working out Saturday, will be evaluated Tuesday.

Washington relievers Tyler Clippard (back) and Drew Storen (personal matter) are expected to pitch in the next few days.

Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira, limited to 15 games last year because of a right wrist injury, hit against pitchers for the first time this year and hopes to play Thursday.

Teixeira went 2 for 4 batting right-handed in a simulated game, including a lined single and a bloop single to right that he jokingly called a triple.

“First of about 20 this year,” he said.

Teixeira, a switch-hitter, also hit two foul balls and missed a pitch during 12 pitches left-handed.

Manager Joe Girardi didn’t rule out outfielder/designated hitter Alfonso Soriano (flulike symptoms) from also playing for the first time Thursday.

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