Michael Pineda made his Spring debut for the Yankees in Lakeland, and while he wasn’t one of the pitchers fighting for a rotation spot, he surely had something to prove. Pineda ended up racking five strikeouts and the kids unleashed their bats in a 11-1 rout over the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Florida.
The Yankees got on the board in the top of the third on a two-run home run by Gary Sanchez followed by a double by Starlin Castro. In the fourth, Aaron Hicks hit a home run, in the fifth Rob Refsnyder walked in a run, Sanchez walked in a run and Donovan Solano hit a two-run single. And in sixth Rashad Crawford hit a two-run single.
Pineda went two innings, giving up no runs while striking out five batters. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless inning, Chad Green gave up a run in 1.2 innings, Ben Heller pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless inning, Chasen Shreve pitched a scoreless frame and Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless inning.
— The Yankees head back to Tampa where they’ll take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Masahiro Tanaka will start for the Yankees and Jameson Taillon will start for the Pirates. First pitch is at 1:05 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.