Tigers 1, Yankees 1(10)
Michael Pineda made a strong pitch to be in the New York
Pineda allowed one run and five hits over five innings in the
Yankees’ 1-1, 10-inning tie with a Detroit Tigers split squad on
”Seems like he’s putting it all together,” New York catcher
Russell Martin said.
Pineda is competing with Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and Freddy
Garcia for three starting spots behind opening-day starter CC
Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.
”I’m focusing on making good pitches,” Pineda said. ”I feel a
little more confident on the mound.”
Derek Jeter hit a leadoff homer in the first for the Yankees.
The New York captain, who also had a double, played for the second
time in three days after missing eight days because of a stiff left
”My leg is fine,” Jeter said. ”I haven’t run hard, but I
haven’t had to. I’m making progress. I’m happy where I’m at.”
New York’s Alex Rodriguez was hit on the left side by a Brayan
Villarreal pitch in the seventh and left the game. Yankees manager
Joe Girardi said A-Rod was examined, is OK and is expected to play
in the team’s next game on Tuesday night.
Left-hander Duane Below, among three candidates for the Tigers’
fifth starter spot, gave up one run and three hits in 3 2-3
innings. Ramon Santiago had an RBI triple in the third.
”I’m judging by what I see,” Detroit manager Jim Leyland said
of the rotation competition.
Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was released from a hospital
Sunday, three days after dislocating his right ankle bouncing on a
trampoline. He will be in a cast for six weeks and there is no
timeframe for his return.
”I am optimistic that he’s going to pitch for us this year,”
Detroit right-hander Doug Fister, who left his previous outing
Friday in the fifth inning of because of soreness in his right
middle finger, is improving. It hasn’t been decided whether the
right-hander will make next scheduled start.
”It’s much better,” Leyland said. ”A little stiff, not sore.
I don’t forsee any problems, but like I said the other day, I don’t
look at anything as a minor injury when you start messing around
with your key guys.”
Leyland also is focusing on bullpen depth, in which Below could
also be a candidate.
”I know I’ve got a fifth starter, I don’t know who it is, but I
know I’ve got one,” Leyland said. ”So, I’m real bearing down on
this bullpen situation. I’m a big bullpen guy. To me, that is a
huge piece of this puzzle.”
Collin Balester replaced Below in the third and proceeded to
load the bases, but got out of the jam by getting a grounder from
Jeter. The right-hander gave up four walks and two hits in 2 1/3
New York eighth-inning set-up man David Robertson, coming back
from a bruised right foot, gave up one hit in a scoreless
”Didn’t have any problems,” said Robertson, who expects to be
ready for opening day.
New York closer Mariano Rivera threw his sixth shutout inning of
the spring, but did give up his first hit, a sixth-inning double to
Delmon Young. The right-hander extended his stretch of not allowing
an earned run in spring training to 27 consecutive innings, dating
back to 2008.
NOTES: Detroit LF Quintin Berry made two strong catches,
including a full-out diving grab on Dewayne Wise’s drive in the
ninth. … Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte, who ended his brief
retirement by agreeing to a minor league contract on March 16, is
scheduled to throw batting practice for the second time Tuesday. He
could pitch in a spring training game before the team breaks camp.
… New York RF Nick Swisher could return Tuesday from a groin
injury. … Hughes is to pitch in a minor league game Monday, which
is an offday for the Yankees. … New York optioned INF Ramiro Pena
to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and reassigned RHPs Manny
Delcarmen and Kevin Whelan, C Jose Gil, and OFs OF Colin Curtis and
Cole Garner to its minor league camp.