Pineda, Yankees try for the sweep

Michael PinedaHaving clinched their first series victory of the season in last night’s 9-0 blowout, the Yankees will try for the sweep this afternoon as they send right-hander Michael Pineda (1-0, 5.11) to the mound against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay will counter with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-0, 3.86). First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and the game will be televised on WPIX.

“Within our division, I think it’s really important, and to try to get on a roll here,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “We have a lot of games in the next 30 days. That’s important as well. To get back to .500 would be good.”

Here are some of the quick hits from a rather quiet Yankees clubhouse:

  • Girardi’s take on Pineda: “We all feel good when Michael is on the mound. He works quickly, he gets quick outs, he has pitched extremely well. He’s got outstanding stuff and hopefully he gets deep into the game today.”
  • Carlos Beltran “feels weak,” Girardi said, as he continues to deal with a bad cold. The Yanks hope to have him back tomorrow in Detroit. He may be able to pinch-hit today.
  • There has been no decision on whether Tanaka will start Thursday in Detroit or Friday against the Mets. Part of the equation is seeing how the weather holds up tomorrow in Detroit, where rain is expected. That would set up a split doubleheader later in the week, since this is the Yanks’ only trip to the Motor City.
  • Girardi’s reaction to Grant Balfour being designated for assignment by Tampa Bay: “He’s been a good pitcher for a long time. I know he had a rough outing and I know he’s went through kind of a difficult spring with his father, but it’s the nature of the game. It’s hard. When you’re going through tough times, it’s difficult.”
  • Since joining the Yankees last Sept. 2, 17 of Chris Young’s 28 hits have gone for extra bases, including last night’s grand slam.
  • Alex Rodriguez might have sat today if Beltran was healthy, but Girardi said that “his at-bats are good, so there’s nothing that tells me he’s physically tired. If I see something, I’ll make an adjustment.”

On this date in 1960: Roger Maris made his Yankees debut on Opening Day at Fenway Park. He set the tone for what would become the first of two consecutive AL MVP seasons, going 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and four RBIs in an 8-4 Yankees win.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES (5-6)
Jacoby Ellsbury cf
Brett Gardner lf
Alex Rodriguez dh
Mark Teixeira 1b
Chase Headley 3b
Stephen Drew 2b
Garrett Jones rf
John Ryan Murphy c
Didi Gregorius ss

Michael Pineda rhp

RAYS (6-6)
David DeJesus dh
Steven Souza Jr. rf
Asdrubal Cabrera ss
Evan Longoria 3b
Desmond Jennings cf
Allan Dykstra 1b
Brandon Guyer lf
Tim Beckham 2b
Rene Rivera c

Matt Andriese rhp

1 Comment

What a fearsome hitter DiDi is, his poor hitting is only exceeded by his inept fielding. How long are the Yankees going to experiment with this guy?

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