Michael Pineda made his first start of the Spring today. He started with a strikeout before giving up a pair of singles. In an unusual play, Steve Pearce would fly out to left field and trail runner, Henry Urrutia, would be called out for not touching second base on the fly out. Pineda would have a very strong second inning with two strikeouts and a catch on a laser line drive comebacker to the young righty. He would get two strikeouts in the third inning after a walk. He would give up a single before reaching his pitch limit. He would leave to a nice ovation from the home crowd. Closer David Robertson would strike out Henry Urrutia to strand the lone runner and keep Pineda’s line clean.
In 2.2 innings, Michael Pineda allowed three hits while walking one and striking out five. He threw 48 pitches, 27 for strikes.
Brett Gardner would start the game for the Yankees with an infield single. He would advance to second on a ground out and scores on a single by Carlos Beltran. Orioles starter Bud Norris would struggle with command with back-to-back walks to Brian McCann and Alfonso Soriano but he would keep the damage to a minimum. In the second inning, Zoilo Almonte started with a double and with one out, Brett Gardner would put a ground-rule double into the bullpen down the left field line. Derek Jeter would hit a ground ball back to the pitcher who caught Gardner between second and third. Unfortunately, Norris air mailed the throw down the left field line allowing another run to score.
Alfonso Soriano would bring in one run for the Yankees. Matt Thornton made an appearance in today’s game, allowing one hit while getting one out, the likely expectations for the veteran lefty.
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