TAMPA, Fla. -- Michael Pineda had his strongest outing in a Yankees uniform, as his new team and a split-squad Tigers club played to a 1-1 tie in 10 innings at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday afternoon.
Pineda went five innings for the first time this spring, allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out four. The right-hander continued to mix in a quickly improving changeup, and his velocity -- a concern early this spring -- was up a tick or two, touching 94 mph.
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez exited after being struck on the left ribs by a Brayan Villarreal pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning. Earlier in the seventh, Yankees infielder Doug Bernier was hit by a Villarreal pitch but stayed in the game.
Pineda didn't get too much in the way of support. While Tigers rotation candidate Duane Below -- who worked 3 2/3 innings in an audition of sorts, allowing three hits and one run -- wasn't particularly sharp, the only run the lefty allowed came on the first batter he faced.
In just his second game back since dealing with a tight left calf, Derek Jeter homered and doubled in his first two at-bats, recording his first two extra-base hits of the spring. Jeter homered to lead off the bottom of the first, giving the Yankees a 1-0 lead, and he led off the third with his double but was left stranded.
The Tigers tied the score at 1 in the third, when a leadoff walk came back to haunt Pineda. After the right-hander retired Austin Jackson, Ramon Santiago tripled in Danny Worth to knot the game. Pineda then set down the next seven hitters and ended his outing with a strikeout of Santiago in the fifth.
"I thought he got better as the game went on," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Pineda. "I thought he continued to improve. He gave up a couple of leadoff walks, but besides that, he was OK. "
Mariano Rivera worked a scoreless inning, surrendering his first hit of the Grapefruit League season, a Delmon Young double to center field. Right-handed reliever David Robertson returned to the mound for the first time since sustaining a bone bruise on his right foot, allowing a single and striking out one in a scoreless frame.
Up next: After Monday's off-day, the Yankees will return to Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday night to host the Toronto Blue Jays at 7:05 p.m. ET on MLB.TV. CC Sabathia will make his fourth Spring Training start, having gone a solid six innings in a Minor League intrasquad game on Thursday.