TAMPA, Fla. -- Chris Young punched a two-run single and Rob Refsnyder lined an RBI single to highlight a three-run sixth inning, lifting the Yankees to a 6-2 Grapefruit League victory over the Pirates on Thursday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Starling Marte connected for a run-scoring single in the sixth inning that accounted for the Pirates' production against Michael Pineda, who is preparing to serve as the Yankees' No. 2 starter this season. Pineda scattered six hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking none and striking out six in an 84-pitch (58 for strikes) performance.
A.J. Burnett started in Pittsburgh's Grapefruit League finale and permitted six hits over four scoreless innings. Burnett walked one and struck out two, throwing 47 of 65 pitches for strikes.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED A-Rod's glove story:Alex Rodriguez played first base in a Grapefruit League game for the second time this spring and continued to show that he may be a capable reserve at the position. Rodriguez made a nice backhand scoop to pick a one-hop throw from shortstop Stephen Drew in the first inning, retiring Marte, then made another nice pick on a Jordy Mercer groundout in the sixth.
J-Hay flashes leather at third: With two on and one out in the fourth inning, Josh Harrison made a diving play to snag Refsnyder's hard-hit grounder down the third-base line. Harrison, who will be the Pirates' everyday third baseman after bouncing around the diamond last season, then made a strong throw across the infield to Pedro Alvarez to record the out at first.
Burnett escapes final tuneup: Scheduled to make his first start of the season in exactly a week, Burnett gave up six hits and a walk but held the Yankees scoreless over four innings of work. Burnett gave up three hits and a walk in the second but got out of it unscathed; Marte made a strong throw from center field to cut down a runner at the plate, and Burnett induced an inning-ending groundout to leave the bases loaded.
Petit's debut:Gregorio Petit zipped up his bags at Astros camp in Kissimmee, Fla., Thursday morning and made the 75-minute trek south to Tampa, where a Yankees uniform with No. 27 was waiting in his assigned locker. Petit made his Yankees spring debut in the seventh inning, entering the game to replace Drew at shortstop. The contest marked the first spring action at shortstop for Drew, who has been focusing on second base.
"It's good. I'm very happy for that. I'm not really paying attention, but thank you for telling me about it. I'm very happy because I'm feeling, in Spring Training today, it's a really good number. I'm very happy. It's what I try to do: throw a strike when I get on the mound and get an out." -- Pineda, on his final spring numbers of one walk and 23 strikeouts.
"Pitched out of a couple jams. The volume of pitches was right where he wanted [it] to be. Gave up no runs. So it was a good day's work for him." -- Pirates manager Clint Hurdle on Burnett's outing.
THIS AND THAT Carlos Beltran was in the Yankees' original lineup on Thursday, serving as the designated hitter, but he was replaced by Austin Romine before the game. The Yankees announced that Beltran had a stomach virus and did not report to George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Marte has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games this spring, and he's batting .333 (21-for-63) with a team-leading 21 hits in 20 games.
WHAT'S NEXT Pirates: With their Grapefruit League schedule behind them, the Pirates headed north to Philadelphia after Thursday's game. The Bucs will face the Phillies in two exhibition games at Citizens Bank Park before traveling to Cincinnati for Opening Day on Monday. Left-hander Jeff Locke is scheduled to start Friday night at 7:05 p.m. ET against Phillies right-hander Aaron Harang, live on MLB.TV (Free Game of the Day) and Gameday Audio.
Yankees: The Yankees conclude their Grapefruit League schedule on Friday at George M. Steinbrenner Field, hosting the Nationals at 1:05 p.m. ET, live on MLB.TV (Free Game of the Day). Left-hander CC Sabathia makes his third and final start of the spring for New York, tuning up for his April 9 season debut against the Blue Jays. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg will be on the hill for Washington.
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.