TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees fifth starter candidate Michael Pineda allowed three runs and six hits over six innings Sunday in New York's 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dioner Navarro had an RBI single in the second, which ended Pineda's scoreless streak at 10 innings. The right-hander avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending double play from Ryan Goins with the bases loaded.
Toronto scored twice in the fifth, on Pineda's throwing error after fielding a bunt and a wild pitch.
Considered the front runner, Pineda is competing with David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind opening day starter CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova. Manager Joe Girardi is expected to announce the choice Tuesday.
Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle gave up one run and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Blue Jays: Buehrle made the start on his 35th birthday.
"I just dropped the family off at the airport," Buehrle said. "I'm going to go home and clean up the house."
The left-hander took a shutout into the sixth before giving up a run on Derek Jeter's double-play grounder. Buehrle will make his final spring training start in the first of two exhibition games in Montreal on Friday night against the New York Mets.
Yankees: Pineda missed the past two years following right shoulder surgery.
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