YANKEES 6, PIRATES 3 Tampa, Fla. Wednesday, March 3
Pirates at the plate: Andrew McCutchen led off the game with an infield single. Catcher Erik Kratz got the Bucs going with a two-run double in the seventh inning off Jonathan Albaladejo.
Yankees at the plate: A three-run homer by outfielder Colin Curtis with no outs in the ninth inning broke a 3-3 tie and handed New York a walk-off victory. Alex Rodriguez notched the Yankees' first hit of the spring, a fifth-inning single to center field off Chris Jakubauskas. The following inning, Ramiro Pena opened the scoring with a homer to right field off former Yankees prospect Steven Jackson. Later in the inning, offseason acquisition Nick Johnson plated Eduardo Nunez from third with a one-out double. In his first Grapefruit League game as a Yankee, Curtis Granderson grounded out twice.
Pirates on the mound: Paul Maholm started for Pittsburgh and made quick work of the first three hitters -- all on ground balls -- throwing 11 pitches, nine of which were strikes. Former Yankee Ross Ohlendorf came on for the second inning and pitched a blank frame, striking out Rodriguez looking. Brian Bass hurled a scoreless third, and D.J. Carrasco followed suit in the fourth.
Yankees on the mound: In a showcase of fifth-starter hopefuls, Chad Gaudin made the start and limited the Bucs to a McCutchen single across two scoreless innings in which he threw 34 pitches (23 strikes), including a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Sergio Mitre relieved and pitched two perfect innings with a strikeout. Alfredo Aceves retired all six batters he faced as well.
Worth noting: Francisco Cervelli was the Yankees' first baserunner of the spring, hit by a pitch in the third inning. He was promptly thrown out trying to steal second base. ... Jamie Hoffmann made a nice running grab to rob Ryan Church of an extra-base hit, crashing into the right-field wall. One batter later, Brett Gardner made a tumbling catch on the left-field warning track on a Lastings Milledge drive. ... All fans in attendance received a CC Sabathia mini-bobblehead doll.
Grapefruit League records: Pirates 0-1; Yankees 1-0
Up next: New York will travel to Clearwater, Fla., on Thursday to meet Philadelphia in a 1:05 p.m. ET rematch of the 2009 World Series, a game that will be shown on MLB.TV. Sabathia will make the start for the Yankees in a game that will mark the Phillies debut of newly acquired right-hander Roy Halladay. New York will also pitch Kei Igawa and Boone Logan, among others, while Philadelphia plans to have Kyle Kendrick and Jose Contreras see mound time.
The Pirates hit the road again on Thursday for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Braves in Lake Bueno Vista, Fla. Charlie Morton will make the start against the team that dealt him to Pittsburgh for All-Star center fielder Nate McLouth. He is expected to throw for two innings. The Pirates' top pitching prospect, Brad Lincoln, is also slated to pitch on Thursday. The Grapefruit League appearance will be the first of Lincoln's professional career.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.