TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Michael Pineda had his second straight positive outing in his bid to become the Yankees’ fifth starter, striking out five over 2 2-3 shutout innings as a New York split squad beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-0 Thursday.
Pineda, who missed the past two seasons after right shoulder surgery, has nine strikeouts in 4 2-3 scoreless innings overall. He allowed three hits and a walk against the Orioles.
“The best thing is, my shoulder is feeling great,” Pineda said. “When my shoulder is feeling good, I can pitch, I can compete. I’m happy with that.”
The 25-year-old right-hander is competing with David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova.
Brett Gardner had an RBI double off Bud Norris, who gave up three runs and four hits in 1 2-3 innings. He struck out two and walked two during a 60-pitch outing.
“I felt good,” Norris said. “That was the number one thing. I didn’t feel that I was that wild, but I threw competitiive pitches that were pretty close. Had a good plan. I just felt like I was close to the corners, but just not quite getting them.”
Norris had given up three hits over five scoreless innings over his first two appearances.
Orioles: Catcher Matt Wieters could return this weekend after spraining his right ankle running the bases Tuesday.
“Matt feels better,” manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s still thinking Saturday or Sunday.”
Showalter said center fielder Adam Jones will likely return to the lineup Sunday following the birth of his son.
Left-hander Brian Matusz was scheduled Thursday to have a wart removed from his left middle finger.
A Yankees’ split squad will be in Panama for three days, including games Saturday and Sunday against Miami.
Career saves leader Mariano Rivera is being honored during what is billed as the Legends Series.