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Michael Pineda sharp in debut with Yankees

The New York Yankees waited two years to get Michael Pineda healthy and back on the mound at the major-league level, but on the day he finally made his debut, the Yankees had to place someone else on the disabled list.


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TORONTO — The New York Yankees waited two years to get Michael Pineda healthy and back on the mound at the major-league level. But on the day he finally made his debut, they had to place someone else on the disabled list.

Mark Teixeira went to the 15-day DL with a strained right hamstring. It was part of a day of mixed results for the Yankees as the Blue Jays pounded them 4-0.

More encouraging for the Yankees was the fine performance by Pineda. His impressive outing, combined with Masahiro Tanaka’s victory the night before, is enough to make the Yankees dream of a rotation featuring those two 25-year-olds at the top for years to come.

Using a fastball that was regularly clocked between 93 and 95 mph, Pineda mostly dominated the Blue Jays hitters, showing glimpses of the form he exhibited with the Mariners as a rookie in 2011, when he was named to the American League All-Star team.

Throwing in his first appearance since Sept. 21 of that year, Pineda allowed one run and five hits in six innings and did not walk a batter. He also struck out five.

Notes

Yasiel Puig made himself the story again. A day after he was benched for showing up late to batting practice, the Dodgers outfielder slid headfirst into first base when he didn’t have to, injuring his left thumb.

• The Pittsburgh Pirates signed general manager Neal Huntington and manager Clint Hurdle through the 2017 season, with a club option for 2018.

Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt signed one-day contracts and officially retired as Astros.

• Shortstop Yunel Escobar and the Tampa Bay Rays agreed to a two-year contract extension covering 2015 and 2016 worth a guaranteed $13 million.



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