Yankees 11, Astros 9

Jordan Lyles insists he ready for the season.

Robinson Cano and Raul Ibanez each hit two-run homers off Lyles

and the New York Yankees beat the Houston Astros 11-9 Saturday in a

game shortened to eight innings by rain.

”Nothing went as planned,” said Lyles, who gave up 11 hits.

”I didn’t throw the ball over the plate and when I did, they hit

it really hard.”

Lyles is still in the running for one of two openings in the

Astros’ rotation. He is 0-3 with an 8.41 ERA in five starts in


”Physically I’m ready to go,” said Lyles, who started 15 games

as a 20-year-old rookie last season. ”Just because I had a bad

outing today doesn’t mean I’m not ready to start the season. I’m

not going to let this one outing get me down or anything; I’ll be

ready in five days.”

Lyles, Kyle Weiland, Lucas Harrell and Henry Sosa are competing

for two spots, according to manager Brad Mills, although Sosa has

yet to start a game and Harrell has started only one.

Weiland, acquired from Boston in a December trade, has ”shown a

little bit more than we had hoped,” said Mills, who has been

reluctant to name him as a starter.

After giving up 34 hits in 20 1-3 innings, Lyles said he can’t

fault the Astros if the decisions go against him.

”If they feel like other guys have pitched better in spring

training – which they might have – there’s no excuse for how I’ve

pitched,” he said. ”I should have pitched better if that’s the


Rookie Dante Bichette Jr. homered on his first two pitches of

the spring for the Yankees, and Jose Gil added a home run in the

eighth inning of a game.

Justin Ruggiano, Carlos Lee, Brian Bogusevic and Chris Johnson

hit home runs for the Astros in their final spring home game in


Adam Warren, a candidate for a spot in the Yankees’ bullpen,

gave up six runs in 5 2-3 innings in his second spring start.

NOTES: The Yankees will open New Marlins Ballpark in Miami with

games against the Marlins on Sunday and Monday. … The Astros will

play the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland on Sunday, then fly to Texas

for three more exhibition games. … The opening-day status of

Houston shortstop Jed Lowrie is in question because of a sprained

right thumb. … Ibanez’s four RBIs brought his spring total to 14,

matching Cano.