Pineda's Velocity Remains Down, Yankees Win 8-5

"He's the next ace?"

The New York Yankees were able to piece together six runs between the seventh and eighth innings and hold off the Washington Nationals today by the score of 8-5.

Michael Pineda, who started his third game of the spring, managed to strike out two of the first three batters he faced to begin the game. He displayed a great slider and tossed his changeup as well.

However, his fastball velocity remains down around 90-92 mph. With Opening Day just slightly over three weeks away, you better believe Joe Girardi is taking notes now more than ever. Pineda lasted only 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two earned runs while striking out four and walking one. He surrendered a RBI double to Adam LaRoche in the fourth inning and walked Jayson Werth before being pulled by Girardi.

New York's offensive production was kicked off by Bill Hall's two-run double in the third inning to give New York a 2-0 lead.

After going down 3-2, RBI singles from Jose Gil, Justin Maxwell and JR Murphy in the seventh inning gave the Yankees a 5-3 edge. The other three runs came from a fielder's choice ground out, passed ball and sacrifice fly.

The only every day players that played today were Brett Gardner and Russell Martin. Gardner had a horrible afternoon, compiling a hat trick of strikeouts, and Martin went 1 for 3.

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