The Yankees picked up their first win of the spring this afternoon, beating the Pirates 2-1 in an untelevised game. Tyler Austin‘s solo homer broke the 1-1 tie in the eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury and John Ryan Murphy both went hitless in three at-bats while Brett Gardner went 0-for-1 with two walks. Chris Young had one hit (double) and both Garrett Jones and Rob Refsnyder had two hits apiece, including a double.
Esmil Rogers got the start and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Chase Whitley followed with two scoreless innings of his own. Righty relief prospect Nick Rumbelow struck out the side in his inning, and otherwise a bunch of call-ups from minor league camp saw action on the mound. Here’s the box score — no highlights because there was no broadcast! — and here are the day’s notes from Tampa:
- Adam Warren and Luis Severino threw their usual between-starts bullpen and Michael Pineda, Dellin Betances, and CC Sabathia all faced hitters in live batting practice. Everything went fine and those three should make their Grapefruit League debuts soon. [Chad Jennings, Bryan Hoch]
- Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Didi Gregorius, Chase Headley, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira all went through a full workout. Beltran remains on track to make his spring debut tomorrow as the team eases him into action following elbow surgery. [Jennings]
- Refsnyder had his right elbow wrapped after this afternoon’s game but called it maintenance and “normal fatigue.” As long as he’s not hurt, whatever. Brendan Ryan rode the stationary bike as he works his way back from a mid-back sprain. [Brendan Kuty, Hoch]
- The Yankees have two split squad games tomorrow but only one will be broadcast: the afternoon road game against the Phillies. Bryan Mitchell will start that game and others on the travel list include Teixeira, Headley, Drew, Gregorius, Greg Bird, and Aaron Judge. Chris Capuano will start the home night against the Pirates. [Jennings]
This is your open thread for the night. MLB Network is showing the Red Sox and Twins tonight (live!), plus the Islanders are playing and there’s some college hoops on as well. Talk about anything other than religion and politics here. Go nuts.