Pineda, 22, allowed one run, four hits, and three walks in two and two third innings pitched. Despite giving up a combined seven hits and walks, Pineda only allowed the Braves to score once and his velocity was up from his previous start.
Lefty reliever Cesar Cabral, who was acquired through the Rule V Draft earlier this offseason, looked impressive as he threw a perfect inning and a third with two strike outs. Cabral can earn himself a meaningful role in the bullpen if he continues pitching at this level.
Brett Marshall pitched two scoreless innings while Michael O’Connor added a scoreless inning of work.
Ryan Pope gave up two runs in the eighth to let Atlanta back in the game at 7-3, but Dan Burawa closed the game out with a scoreless ninth inning.
Leading the Yankees offense was once again Alex Rodriguez, who looks to be in mid-season form already. A-Rod drove in Brett Gardner on a ground ball to put the Yankees on the board in the first inning, then followed that up with a two-out RBI double in the second inning to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. He is now batting .500 with a team-high four RBI this spring.
First Baseman Mark Teixeira got his first RBI of the spring on a single in the first inning. Justin Maxwell, Jose Gil, Colin Curtis, Gary Sanchez, and Melky Mesa each added one RBI as well.
Gil, a 25 year-old switch-hitting catcher, has been very impressive at the plate. He went 3-3 on Saturday and is now 5-6 with two RBI this spring.
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