Jones homers twice, but Yanks fall short

Jones homers twice, but Yanks fall short

at Bradenton, Fla.
Monday, March 13

Pirates at the plate: It was a big day for the middle of the Pirates' lineup. Sean Casey, Jason Bay, Jeremy Burnitz and Joe Randa combined to go 7-for-10 with two home runs and six RBIs. Randa's three-run home run in the third inning ricocheted off the palm trees behind the left-field fence and landed on the roof of the Boys & Girls Club.

Yankees at the plate: Bubba Crosby led off the game with a home run to right field to give the Yankees their only lead. Mitch Jones paced the Bombers' offense by going 3-for-5 with a double and two home runs. Back-to-back long balls by Kevin Thompson and Jones in the ninth inning capped a five-run New York rally that came up just short.

Pirates on the mound: Two pitchers vying for the two openings in Pittsburgh's starting rotation had impressive outings. Lefty Sean Burnett settled down after surrendering Crosby's home run and held the Yankees to just one run on three hits. Right-hander Ian Snell blanked New York with three scoreless innings of relief.

Yankees on the mound: Starter Jaret Wright had an afternoon to forget for New York. The right-hander was tagged for eight runs on 11 hits and a walk in three innings. He allowed at least two runs and three hits during each of the first three frames. Ron Villone and Ramiro Mendoza each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Grapefruit League records: Pirates 9-5; Yankees 6-7.

Up next: After a day off Tuesday, the Pirates will travel to Ft. Myers on Wednesday to take on the Twins. Right-hander Victor Santos will start for Pittsburgh against Minnesota right-hander Matt Garza.

Southpaw Randy Johnson will start for New York on Tuesday, when the Yankees host the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:15 p.m. ET at Legends Field.

Ed Eagle is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.