Michael Pineda made his Spring debut this evening and he was absolutely sharp, going two innings of scoreless ball as the Yankees won 3-2 in a game that ended on a balk call.
The Yankees entered the bottom of the ninth tied at 2, the Tigers sending out Luis Marte. Zealous Wheeler reached on a one-out single, went to third an a single by Francisco Cervelli and scored when Marte balked Jose Gil at home plate.
The Yankees scored their other two home-runs via the long ball; Carlos Beltran hit a two-run shot that cleared the party deck. Derek Jeter went 2-for-2 today with a walk before being lifted in the 6th inning by Dean Anna.
Hiroki Kuroda started the game for the Yankees, going 2 2/3 innings, giving up no runs while fanning five. Kuroda was taken out of the game because he had reached his pitch count of 52 pitches.
Michael Pineda relieved David Robertson in the fifth inning, going two scoreless innings while striking out four. Scouts clocked Pineda’s fast ball at 91-93 MPH, five miles per hour more than two years ago.
– Brett Gardner, Mark Teixeira, Francisco Cervelli and Kelly Johnson will make the trip to Kissimmee, Florida where they’ll take on the Houston Astros. Ivan Nova will get the start for the Yankees and it will be televised on MLB.TV and MLB Network at 1:05 p.m.