TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees fifth starter candidate Michael Pineda struck out four and gave up one hit over two shutout innings in his first spring training start, New York's 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Pineda missed the last two seasons because of a right shoulder injury that required surgery. He pitched the fifth and sixth innings, ending his outing by striking out Miguel Cabrera.
The right-hander faced 10 batters in a simulated game Sunday, allowing two hits, striking out one and walking his final two hitters.
"Everything I've seen so far is positive," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And I want it to continue to go that direction."
Former Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain struck out two, walked one and gave up a hit during a scoreless seventh in his first appearance at Steinbrenner Field since signing a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit. He got a mixed reaction from the fans.
"It's another game," Chamberlain said. "It's one of those things where you've got to be able to slow it down a little bit. I didn't do a very good job of that today. I just had to treat it like another outing."
Chamberlain's career began amid plenty of fanfare, when he averaged over a strikeout an inning in 2007 and 2008 for the Yankees. The big question then was whether his long-term future was as a reliever or a starter. He made 31 starts in 2009 and finished with a 4.75 ERA. Then it was back to the bullpen, where he spent the last four seasons.
Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda went 2 2-3 scoreless innings, striking out five, walking one and giving up Cabrera's double.
Tigers: Anibal Sanchez allowed two runs and four hits, including a long two-run homer to Carlos Beltran, in three innings. He had five strikeouts.
Yankees ace CC Sabathia will start the March 16th game against Miami in Panama.
The teams are playing two games in the Legends Series, which is honoring longtime Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, the career saves leader who retired after last season.