All eyes were on the Yankees' young pitchers yesterday against the Phillies, but a veteran player making his debut in is going to have to come up big for the Yankees to get where they need to go this season.

Raul Ibanez knocked in the Yankees' first run of the spring against major league competition with a first-inning double in the 8-5 win over the Phillies at Bright House Field.

Hitting coach Kevin Long pointed out Ibanez is an RBI machine. That is what he must continue to be to have the chance to complete his baseball dream and win a World Series.

The fact his hit came against Cole Hamels and his former Phillies teammates made it a good start for Ibanez, who was hoping to win a World Series in Philadelphia, but that never happened his three years there. The Yankees beat the Phillies in 2009.

"What I got out of that situation was winning a World Series is really hard,'' Ibanez said of his Philadelphia experience. "We had a great team over there, great people, great personnel, a great organization. Tremendous fan support and falling short those three times — that was definitely disappointing. What you go there for is to win. I wanted to be able to do that for the organization and for the fans and unfortunately it didn't work out.''