Postgame notes: Pineda continues impressive spring

Michael Pineda has a tendency to speak about himself in the third person. And as long as he keeps saying that he feels like “the same Michael Pineda,” the Yankees should have something to be happy about.

Pineda threw 4 1/3 innings of scoreless, four-hit ball with five strikeouts and no walks in today’s 8-1 win over the Red Sox. Pineda has 14 strikeouts and one walk in nine scoreless innings this spring, and though the Yankees aren’t saying it right now, he has to be considered the front-runner to serve as the No. 5 starter to begin the season.

“I don’t know, because I don’t have the control [of] the situation,” Pineda said. “The only thing I have control is to be ready and pitch a good game every five days.”

Pineda’s next start will be on Sunday against the Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated that the club might have serious discussions about the fifth starter on Monday’s off-day; by deciding the fifth starter, they’ll be able to make bullpen calls on a group that also includes David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno.

“The other guys are throwing pretty well too,” Girardi said. “We’ve got to figure out what’s best for our team as a whole. We’ll sort that out as we move forward here, but I’m sure we’ll start having a lot of discussions when we get some home games here and talk about how everyone fits.”

What else…

  • There was a seven-minute bee delay in the middle of the third inning. Mark Teixeira came out of the dugout holding two bottles of honey and was pleased that the YES Network cameras caught it. Teixeira said that he’s a big fan of peanut butter & honey sandwiches, so he always knows where the honey is stashed.

    I can’t blame him for that; it sounds delicious. We should get some of those up in the press box. What makes a little less sense to me is — why would Teixeira think that honey would break up a swarm of bees?

    “What I thought was, if you could just do a line of honey out to the parking lot, the bees would maybe follow it and leave us alone,” Teixeira said.


  • Jacoby Ellsbury (sore right calf) will not play on Wednesday or Thursday. Girardi said that Ellsbury still feels some tightness and won’t play until he said that he doesn’t feel it anymore. As a precaution, they’d then give him a day or two even after Ellsbury says he’s 100 percent. Girardi said he’d need to see Ellsbury run pain-free before playing him.
  • Brendan Ryan (oblique) is scheduled to play on Thursday against the Red Sox in Fort Myers. Five hours on a bus… “That’s the way the ball bounces,” Girardi said.
  • A couple of upcoming pitching notes: Masahiro Tanaka will start on Saturday against the Twins in Fort Myers. Hiroki Kuroda will pitch in a Minor League game in Tampa that day.


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Red Sox put out a split squad, very few starters. Kees had all starters except for Ichiro replaces Ellsbury. Soriano and Pineda kilt it.


Hi Bryan – its good to have some hope that the Pineda/Montero trade might still actually work in the Yanks favour. A question though re Michael Pinedas contract/service time status. How does his two years out of the majors count for/against his service time. How many more years do the Yankees have control, and when does Pineda become arbitration eligible? Thanks and keep up the good writing (what happened to the regular mail box though?)


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