Pineda pitches six solid innings in 3-1 loss to Blue Jays

New York Yankees starter Pineda warms up from mound during first inning of spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Tampa

Michael Pineda pitched six solid innings for the Yankees, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Blue Jays as the Yankees were defeated by the score of 3-1 at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Pineda gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits while striking out two in his start, but the challenge the Yankees faced was Blue Jays starter Mark Buerhle. Buerhle hurled 6.1 innings, giving up hits to Brett Gardner, Ichiro Suzuki and Carlos Beltran.

The Yankees scored their run in the sixth inning with Ichiro Suzuki leading off the inning with a double. Brett Gardner followed with a single until Derek Jeter wiped him off the bases with a double play. On the play, Suzuki scored.

What’s Next?

–  Ivan Nova will pitch in a minor league game on Monday’s off-day, the final off-day of the Spring,  but for the most part Monday will be a day for Joe Girardi to reflect on his rotation.

David Phelps will have one more start before Joe Girardi makes his decision on the rotation under the bright lights of George M. Steinbrenner Field as the Yankees face the Philadelphia Phillies. Jacoby Ellsbury will make his return–but  he will play in a minor league game. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. and the game will be televised on MLB.TV.

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