(Courtesy of SB Nation)
Michael Pineda looked good today.
As Spring Training winds down and the roster continues to get smaller, all eyes are on guys like Pineda who are working their way back to the team. Actually, in his case, he’s trying to finally be with the team after being traded to New York in 2012 and suffering through injuries, surgery and some setbacks. Today, Pineda was sharp, striking out five, not walking a batter and scattering four hits in 4.1 innings. Good sign number one: Pineda now has 14 strikeouts in nine innings in Grapefruit League play. Another good sign for Pineda was that his slider was looking nasty and that his endurance is building up.
On the flip side, Red Sox starter Felix Doubront didn’t look sharp at all, giving up seven runs and 10 hits in his 3.2 innings of work.
Alfonso Soriano had a big day, hitting an RBI single in the first and a three-run home run in the fourth. The Yankees scored four runs in the second inning and sent eight batters to the plate. The hits were distributed evenly with Ichiro Suzuki, Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira joining in on the barrage against Doubront.
Doubront actually started the fourth inning and was taken out with two runners on base, that’s when Soriano greeted Brandon Workman rather rudely with his first home run of the Spring.
There was also a seven-minute delay during the third inning because a swarm of bees decided they wanted to hang out and watch some baseball which is why Tex was waving some honey around in that gif. He’s such a dork.
Tomorrow, the Yankees are heading east to the Braves’ spring complex on Wednesday. Ivan Nova is starting for the Yankees in Lake Buena Vista and Derek Jeter, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Brett Gardner and Alfonso Soriano will be joining him at Champion Stadium for a 1:05 p.m. start against Atlanta.