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New closer David Robertson throws scoreless inning in 1st outing as Yankees beat Nationals 4-2

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova throws during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler throws a pitch during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    Washington Nationals starting pitcher Ross Detwiler throws a pitch during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, talks with former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath before an exhibition baseball game between the Yankees and the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

    New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, left, talks with former New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath before an exhibition baseball game between the Yankees and the Washington Nationals, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)  (The Associated Press)

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.

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.