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Monday Spring Training Roundup: Pitching Solid for Mets, Yanks

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one run over six innings in his bid to become the Mets’ fifth starter, helping New York beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-3 Monday.

Daisuke Matsuzaka, Getty Images

Competing with Jenrry Mejia, Dice-K allowed three hits and three walks, striking out five. Matsuzaka hit Stephen Piscotty on the back of the helmet with a changeup opening the seventh and was replaced by Vic Black.

Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3, including a two-run double in the third off Shelby Miller.

Miller gave up three runs and three hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three.

 

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees fifth starter candidate Michael Pineda allowed three runs and six hits over six innings Sunday in New York’s 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Michael Pineda, Getty Images

Dioner Navarro had an RBI single in the second, which ended Pineda’s scoreless streak at 10 innings. The right-hander avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending double play from Ryan Goins with the bases loaded.

Toronto scored twice in the fifth, on Pineda’s throwing error after fielding a bunt and a wild pitch.

Considered the front runner, Pineda is competing with David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind opening day starter CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova. Manager Joe Girardi is expected to announce the choice Tuesday.

Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle gave up one run and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

 

 

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