Pineda outdoes Teheran as Yanks edge Braves

Pineda outdoes Teheran as Yanks edge Braves

TAMPA, Fla. -- Starlin Castro had a pair of hits, including an RBI single, and Michael Pineda turned in a sharp effort as the Yankees defeated the Braves, 3-2, in Grapefruit League action on Saturday at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Yankees outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury underwent X-rays and a CT scan after he was hit on the right wrist by a Julio Teheran pitch in the fifth inning. The Yankees received good news as the X-rays and the CT scan came back negative for a fracture.

Pineda limited Atlanta to a run on four hits over four innings as he completed his third appearance (second start). The right-hander struck out four without a walk, throwing 41 of 62 pitches for strikes.

Pineda on his outing

"I'm happy. I got into a little trouble in the game and I competed," Pineda said. "It's a good outing. I'm doing my work today that I'm supposed to be doing. I'm good."

Carlos Beltran, Chase Headley and Castro had run-scoring hits in the third off Teheran, who scattered six hits over 4 1/3 innings. Teheran, who is gearing up to serve as Atlanta's Opening Day starter, walked one and struck out two, hitting a batter.

Castro's RBI single

Blake Lalli and Jace Peterson drove in runs for the Braves, who had Ender Inciarte cut down at home plate in the first inning on a strong throw by left fielder Chris Denorfia.

Also in the first, Ellsbury made a terrific diving catch on the warning track in right-center field to steal what would have been an extra-base hit for former Yankee Nick Swisher, who doffed his batting helmet in recognition.

Peterson's RBI double

"There were a lot of great things out there, other than the runs column," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "They did a nice job in the first inning, when they threw a guy out at the plate and made a diving catch against [Nick] Swisher."

Up next for the Braves: Freddie Freeman will be in the lineup when the Braves host the Tigers on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Atlanta starter Bud Norris will attempt to bounce back after allowing the Tigers six runs and nine hits in just three innings Tuesday.

Up next for the Yankees: Ivan Nova will make his fourth spring start Sunday when the Yankees visit the Twins in Fort Myers, Fla., with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET. Former Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks will face his old club, and Brian McCann, Headley and Brett Gardner are among the other regulars expected to make the trip. Ervin Santana will draw the start for Minnesota.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch, on Facebook and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.