03/09/10 4:20 PM EST
Yanks' DHs have strong games vs. Bucs
Johnson hits two long balls; Weber contributes two RBIs
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
at Tampa, Fla.
Tuesday, March 9
Pirates at the plate: Pittsburgh put up a four-spot in the top of the first, highlighted by Lastings Milledge's RBI single and a three-run home run by Garrett Jones that landed in the right-field bleachers. Jones and Andy LaRoche knocked back-to-back hits off CC Sabathia in the third inning to send around the Pirates' fifth run. The Bucs scored six times in the final two frames to seal the win.Yankees at the plate: Designated hitter Nick Johnson hit his first two homers of the spring, belting a solo shot to right-center in the first inning and another solo dinger into the right-field bleachers in the third. Nick Swisher's RBI single found some outfield grass in the first inning, while Jon Weber and Jorge Posada ripped run-scoring hits in the fourth. Pirates on the mound: Charlie Morton served up two homers to Johnson in his three innings of work, allowing four hits and three runs as he threw 54 pitches (33 for strikes). Morton walked two and struck out two. Yankees on the mound: Sabathia surrendered hits to the first four batters he faced and all came around to score, including Jones' three-run homer. Sabathia made it through 2 1/3 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing five runs -- all earned -- with one walk and two strikeouts. He threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. Worth noting: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli went through a full workout on Tuesday, his first since suffering a concussion on Saturday. He is expected to play on Friday against the Nationals. ... The Bombers traded right-hander Edwar Ramirez to the Rangers in exchange for cash considerations. Grapefruit League records: Yankees 3-5, Pirates 3-4-1. Up next: In McKechnie Field's only scheduled night game this spring, Zach Duke will take the mound for the Pirates opposite Brad Bergesen of the Orioles. Duke pitched well his last time out, allowing one run in two innings against the O's, striking out one and walking none. Also scheduled to appear in Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. ET game that will air on MLB.TV is rookie Daniel McCutchen, who is aiming to win a spot in the Bucs' rotation.
The Yankees will have plenty of handshakes to exchange on Wednesday, when they visit the Tigers to renew acquaintances with 2009 World Series participants Johnny Damon and Phil Coke. Curtis Granderson is also on the trip to play against his old Detroit teammates. Joba Chamberlain gets the 1:05 p.m. start for the Yankees, with Armando Galarraga taking the ball for the Tigers.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.