MLB: Pirates wrap up Florida swing with win over Yankees
TAMPA, Fla. — Lyle Overbay was with the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday. Two days later, it looked as if he was going to be the New York Yankees’ starting first baseman on opening day.
Overbay had an RBI double Thursday as the Yankees ended their Florida segment of spring training with a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
New York general manager Brian Cashman said Overbay, signed to a minor league contract Tuesday hours after being released by Boston, had the inside track for the job with Mark Teixeira on the disabled list because of a wrist injury.
“It’s kind of been a whirlwind,” Overbay said.
Teixeira is out until at least May with a wrist injury.
Pirates fifth starter Jeff Locke gave up four hits and had three strikeouts in six scoreless innings.
“I would say the biggest thing for me today is a confidence-builder,” Locke said. “It’s easy to feel good about today’s outing, especially when it’s the last one. I’m excited, ready to get roaring.”
Francisco Cervelli had a one-out triple off Locke in the sixth, but was left stranded when Ichiro Suzuki popped out and Vernon Wells flew out.
“I felt like I got ahead of hitters better today than I had in the outings prior,” Locke said. “I was able to throw my changeup much more today. That felt good. Curveball felt good. But the combination from fastball to changeup was what made today the best.”
Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed one hit over six shutout innings.
Kuroda retired 10 in a row before Garrett Jones’ third-inning infield single, which deflected off the right-hander’s glove. He then got his final eight batters out.
New York closes out the exhibition season with games at Washington today and against Army on Saturday at West Point. The Pirates are off today before playing their Double-A affiliate Altoona on Saturday.