Yankees fall to Pirates 6-5 in Bradenton

Jacoby Ellsbury 5

Although the Yankees didn’t get the “W” during this afternoon’s 6-5 loss to the Pirates, there were still more positives than negatives to come out of this game as two of the Yankees recent additions made a good first impression.

Jacoby Ellsbury did what any good lead-off hitter would do; he got on base and came around to score as he went 1-for-1 with 2 walks and 2 runs scored. Brian McCann had a good day as well, going 1-for-2 with an RBI single. Carlos Beltran went 0-for-3 in his Grapefruit League debut.

Ivan Nova didn’t have an entirely impressive Grapefruit League debut, giving up two runs in only 1.1 innings of work. Although it wasn’t his best outing according to the box score, Nova felt differently about his start.

“Good, real good,” Nova said. “More than what I was expecting in the first game. I feel really good. The ball was coming out of my hand really good. I feel great. … The way I feel physically (was encouraging). I’m really happy to be back on the mound. It’s been a long time. I know I was throwing to the hitters in BP, but it’s not the same. To have your teammates behind you, and the umpire, and the fans; it was a great day today.”

What’s Next?

Derek Jeter is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut tomorrow as the Yankees take on the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. This will be the first appearance of Jeter as he prepares for his farewell season; he’ll play short stop for five innings, the first time he’s done so since September 7, 2013.

“I’ve done my work. I feel like I’m ready to go,” Jeter said.

David Phelps will get the start and the game will be televised on the YES Network. The game will also be on WFAN with John Sterling & Suzyn Waldman behind the microphone.

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