After trailing 2-0 before they ever saw a pitch, the Yankee offense caught fire on their way to a 10-3 win over the Pirates in Tampa.
Scoring was led by Curtis Granderson, who reached base four times with a double, single, two walks, and three runs. Alex Rodriguez continued to hit the ball well, reaching base three times while driving in three runs. Grandy and A-Rod have looked amazing so far this Spring, which will hopefully carry over once the team heads to New York when camp is over.
Justin Maxwell also had himself quite a day, doubling twice, driving in two runs, and working a walk. Additional offense came by way of doubles from Andruw Jones and Russell Martin, RBI singles by Mark Teixeira and Colin Curtis, base hits by Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez, and a bases loaded walk by Robinson Cano, of all people.
Nick Swisher returned to the lineup after missing time with an injured groin, but pulled up lame running to first base on an error and left the game. Swisher said he didn't feel a pull, just tightness, but he'll miss a few more days trying to get back to 100%.
Starter Michael Pineda struggled in his first inning of work, giving up three hits, including a two-run home run to Andrew McCutchen. Pineda needed 39 pitches to get through the inning, but his velocity was higher than it had previously been, topping out at 94 mph with plenty of pitches hitting 92-93 mph.
After his first inning issues, Pineda really settled in and struck out the side in the 2nd. He reached his pitch count after getting through the third inning, but not before adding two more strikeouts to his day. During his interview Pineda mentioned that his shoulder was opening too much during the first inning, so he made the adjustment before coming out for the 2nd, which really paid off.
Mariano Rivera came on in relief of Pineda and needed only nine pitches to get through his scoreless inning. Rivera extended his amazing Spring Training scoreless streak to 25 innings. Cory Wade struggled, giving up three hits and a run during his outing, but struck out two batters to avoid further damage. Boone Logan, Juan Cedeno, George Kontos, and Branden Pinder each contributed a scoreless frame of their own in the game.
The Yankees take on division rival Tampa Bay tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. in Port Charlotte. Phil Hughes will start for the New York, while old
friend foe Kyle Farnsworth takes the ball for the Rays. You can catch the game on ESPN or MLB.tv.