Aceves holds Pirates hitless in shutout

Yanks' Aceves holds Pirates hitless

at Bradenton, Fla.
Monday, March 8

Yankees at the plate: Alex Rodriguez poked a two-run single up the middle to drive in New York's first runs of the game. He finished 1-for-3. Derek Jeter reached base in two of his three plate appearances with a walk and single. He also scored once. First baseman Juan Miranda went 2-for-4 with an RBI double. Three Yankees -- Kyle Higashioka, Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Laird -- all doubled in New York's two-run seventh.

Pirates at the plate: Steve Pearce had the Pirates' first hit of the game with a fifth-inning single to right. Neil Walker (walk), Doug Bernier (walk), Luke Carlin (error) and Gorkys Hernandez (error) were the only other Pittsburgh hitters to reach base.

Yankees on the mound: Alfredo Aceves pitched four perfect innings in his first start (second appearance) of the spring. He struck out three. Ivan Nova relieved Aceves and tossed two scoreless frames while allowing a walk and a single. Zach McAllister made a one-inning scoreless appearance.

Pirates on the mound: Starter Paul Maholm allowed two runs on three hits and two walks. Maholm had one strikeout in his first two-inning outing of the spring. Jeremy Powell followed with two innings of relief. He allowed one hit and one unearned run. Steven Jackson, Justin Thomas and Javier Lopez each pitched a scoreless inning.

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Worth noting: With his four scoreless innings, Aceves has now not allowed a run in six frames this spring. All six frames have come against the Pirates. He has yet to allow a hit. .... Pearce's single was his first hit in 10 spring at-bats. ... Maybe by no coincidence, Bill Mazeroski delivered the Pirates' lineup card to the umpires prior to Monday's start. Mazeroski is most known for his walk-off homer against the Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. ... Daniel Moskos, the Pirates' first-round Draft pick in 2007, made a relief appearance in the ninth. Moskos is participating in Minor League camp, but joined the big league club for the day.

Grapefruit League records: Yankees 3-4; Pirates 2-4-1

Up next: The Pirates and Yankees will meet again on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET, though this time up at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. The contest will be the second of three games between the two clubs in the next seven days.

Yankees ace CC Sabathia will take the mound for his second start in Grapefruit League play. Sabathia allowed two hits in a scoreless two-inning appearance his first time out. Though manager Joe Girardi hasn't made an official announcement, he is expected to tap Sabathia as the club's Opening Day starter for the second consecutive year.

The Pirates will counter with right-hander Charlie Morton, who was a bit erratic while dealing with jitters in his first outing. Morton walked three and allowed one run in two innings. He is expected to go three innings on Tuesday as long as he can limit his pitch count to 50 or less. Relievers Brian Burres and D.J. Carrasco are also expected to make multiple-inning performances.

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