Michael Pineda is the favorite to win the fifth rotation spot, but David Phelps didn’t make Joe Girardi‘s decision any easier as he stunned the Boston Red Sox “A-Lineup” in a 3-2 victory at JetBlue Park.
Phelps went six innings giving up two runs on four hits while walking two and striking out three, leading the Yankees to a Spring Training sweep of the Red Sox, who are 8-13 this Spring. Francisco Cervelli, who is having a strong Spring for the Yankees, hit a home run in the second inning off Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. Buchholz then surrendered a two-run single to Ichiro Suzuki in the fifth inning to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
The lead was cut to 3-2 in the sixth inning when Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double, but Phelps limited the damage and didn’t allow another run to score despite having a runner at second. Phelps admitted to making adjustments during his last bullpen session which explained why his fastball was extremely sharp.
– The Yankees will host their own game under the baseball lights as they face the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner are two of the names slated to be in the starting lineup. CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees and Edison Volquez gets the start for the Pirates. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. and the game can be viewed on MLB.TV.