Soriano leads offensive attack as Yankees defeat Red Sox 8-1 in Tampa

Alfonso Soriano

Michael Pineda went 4.1 innings and Alfonso Soriano had four RBI’s on the day as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox 8-1 at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida.

Pineda continues to make a strong case for the fifth spot in the rotation, going 4.1 IP with no runs on four hits and five strikeouts. Pineda says he physically feels fine and he feels he’s throwing the ball with more authority this spring.

“I feel like the same Michael Pineda,” he said. “I have the same mechanics; my mechanics are now a little better. Everything is good. My arm is feeling good and I’m throwing the ball good.”

Joe Girardi says he’s not ready to give any details about the fifth starter but he anticipates Pineda’s next start which is scheduled for Sunday against the Blue Jays.

“I think he’s getting stronger when he goes out,” Girardi said of Pineda, who threw 45 of 60 pitches for strikes. “I think his command was better today; a lot better than [March 13 vs. Baltimore]. Another good step for him.”

Red Sox starter Felix Doubrount was tagged for eight runs on ten hits, including a three-run home run by Alfonso Soriano. Ichiro Suzuki had an RBI single, Derek Jeter had an infield single and Mark Teixeira had a two-run single off Doubrount. Lost in the offensive attack was Brett Gardner going 3-for-4 and placing down a beautiful bunt down the first base line, despite telling YES Network’s Jack Curry he wasn’t going to bunt against Doubrount today.

The game was delayed for eight minutes because of a swarm of bees in the third inning. Red Sox outfielder Mike Carp brought the bees to the umpires attention and the grounds crew spent time getting the bees away from the outfield wall. Teixeira even went as far as bringing out two bottles of honey from the dugout, believing if they lined the walls with honey, the bees would go away. I’m not sure what surprised me more, the swarm of bees or the fact Teixeira found two bottles of honey in less than five seconds.

What’s Next?

Brian McCann, Derek Jeter, Brett Gardner, Alfonso Soriano and Carlos Beltran are going to Orlando, Florida! No, they’re not going to Disney World, but it’s extremely close; they’re going to Champion Stadium at Lake Buena Vista to take on the Atlanta Braves. Ivan Nova will make the start for the Yankees while David Hale starts for the Braves. The game will be accessible by Gameday Audio.

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