Mark Buehrle’s strong outing sparks Jays past Yankees

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Tampa, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Left-hander Mark Buehrle pitched 6 1/3 strong innings while Adam Lind had two hits as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the New York Yankees, 3-1, Sunday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

In his third Grapefruit League start, Buehrle (1-1) threw 98 pitches, allowing just one run on seven hits for his first win as the Blue Jays improved to 12-11.

Buehrle’s only blemish came in the sixth inning when Ichiro Suzuki led off with a ground-rule double to right field and eventually came around to score on a double-play ball off the bat of Derek Jeter.

New York outfielders Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran had a pair of hits but overall, it was a strong outing for Buehrle.

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (2-1) matched Buehrle pitch-for-pitch early in his outing but experienced a bump in the second when he allowed an RBI single — the first run he allowed this spring — to catcher Dioner Navarro.

Pineda’s other issue came in the fifth, but most of that had to do with his defense and control.

With runners on first and second, Ryan Goins bunted down the third-base line. Pineda fielded it cleanly but threw the ball away, allowing Colby Rasmus to score. Brett Lawrie then scored when Pineda threw a wild pitch.

The 25-year-old Pineda allowed three runs — two earned — on six hits while striking out two over six innings. Pineda has now allowed only those two earned runs with 16 strikeouts in 15 innings of work this spring.

Brandon Morrow will take the mound when Toronto hosts the Philadelphia Phillies Monday at Florida Auto Exchange (watch on MLB.TV).

The start would be an important one for Morrow, who needs to continue building up his endurance after taking a cautious start to the beginning of his Grapefruit League season.

Closer Casey Janssen, Sergio Santos, Brett Cecil and Jeremy Jeffress are also scheduled to pitch for Toronto.

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