Thursday, March 13, 2014

By: Gavin Ewbank | Lead Writer

Half of the Yankees' squad is in Tampa today to host the Baltimore Orioles at George M. Steinbrenner Field. First pitch is set for 1:05 pm ET, and the game will be televised on YES.

The other half will be in Clearwater for a matchup against the Philadelphia Phillies, which will also start at 1:05 pm ET but can only be seen on MLB.TV.

Michael Pineda will make his first start of the spring, and his first appearance in front of TV cameras for the first time in two years.

Pineda made his spring debut last week against the Detroit Tigers and it was a very encouraging debut. He struck out four, including Miguel Cabrera, in two scoreless innings. His slider looked very sharp, and he was sitting in the low 90's, which was a good thing to see from a guy that Yankees would love to get a lot out of this season.

This will be my first time watching Pineda pitch, so I'm pretty excited to see how he throws, especially after the great reviews he got after his last game, which was not televised.

Getting the ball for Team-B today will be Ivan Nova, who the Yankees are also counting on as their No. 4 starter this season.

Nova has been a little up an down so far this spring. His first start was not great, while his second was very impressive, striking out four in three hitless innings against the Washington Nationals. But he take another step back in his last outing, giving up three runs on eight hits to the Houston Astros.

Today's split-squad lineups vs Baltimore and Philadelphia:

Pretty much everyone will be in action today. Derek Jeter will be in Tampa, playing shortstop today, and Mark Teixeira is on the road and playing first base today. Francisco Cervelli, who hit two homeruns yesterday, will be playing in Clearwater with Asutin Romine as the DH, while Brian McCann is in Tampa to catch Pineda.


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