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Sabathia sharp, Jeter hitless as Yanks top Pirates

By MARK DIDTLER
Associated Press
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) CC Sabathia pitched seven sharp innings but Derek Jeter remained in a funk at the plate, going hitless in three at-bats during the New York Yankees' 4-0 victory Friday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Yankees captain fouled two balls off the area around his left ankle in the first inning, drawing groans from the Steinbrenner Field crowd, before striking out against Edinson Volquez. Jeter was limited to 17 games last season after breaking his left ankle during the 2012 playoffs.

''It's really not a big deal,'' said Jeter, who iced the ankle after playing seven innings at shortstop. ''I don't know how it's going to feel tomorrow. I do it often.''

Jeter had an RBI grounder in the second, hit another grounder in the fifth and is 5 for 41 overall (.122) in 14 spring training games.

''At this point of the spring, you want to hit the ball hard and we did twice,'' Jeter said. ''It's getting better.''

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he's happy with the way Jeter is moving and there is no predetermined number of games for him to play during the regular season.

Jeter, who turns 40 in June, announced last month that he plans to retire after the season.

Sabathia, scheduled to start on opening day, scattered four hits and struck out seven.

''If I pitch like that April 1, I'll be happy,'' Sabathia said.

STARTING TIME

Pirates: Volquez allowed four runs - all in the first two innings - and five hits over five innings. He entered with an 11.00 ERA over four previous outings.

''I think I got better late in the game,'' Volquez said. ''The tempo, the rhythm, coupled with my mechanics.''

Yankees: Sabathia was coming off five hitless innings Sunday in Panama against the Miami Marlins.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: Left-hander Francisco Liriano continued to experience some discomfort, one day after leaving a start in the sixth inning with tightness in his left groin. The 30-year-old Liriano is slated to pitch on opening day.

Yankees: Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, scratched from last Sunday's game due to right calf tightness, took on-field batting practice and might play Tuesday.

Infielder Brendan Ryan had an MRI exam on his upper back and said it showed spasms are pushing on nerves. He could need a cortisone shot and might begin the season on the disabled list.

TANAKA TIME

Masahiro Tanaka will make his next start for the Yankees on Saturday against Minnesota in Fort Myers, a two-hour trip.

Often times a team will have a pitcher throw in a minor league game and not make such a long trip.

''I think it's important for him, I do, to see the hitters and what he's going to be facing,'' Girardi said.

It will be Tanaka's fourth spring training appearance.

''For me, basically, it's wherever the manager puts me, and I'll just go out there and do my thing,'' Tanaka said through a translator.

Hiroki Kuroda will pitch in a minor league game Saturday.

KEEP ON McCUTCHEN

Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen singled in the fourth and has reached base safely in all 11 of his games this spring.

TWO-SPORT STAR

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino threw two ceremonial first pitches to Yankees spring training instructor Jorge Posada - a baseball and a football.

ROSTER MOVES

The Pirates optioned right-hander Phil Irwin, and infielders Chris McGuiness and Brent Morel to Triple-A Indianapolis. They also sent right-handers Jake Brigham, Cody Eppley and Josh Kinney, left-hander Yao-Hsun Yang, and infielder Chase d'Arnaud to minor league camp.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

C. Sabathia
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
Pittsburgh

A. McCutchen
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Harrison, LF-3B4010011 .333
Neil Walker, DH4010001 .242
Andrew McCutchen, CF3010011 .533
   Travis Snider, RF1000000 .323
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3000022 .300
   Andrew Lambo, 1B0000000 .105
Tony Sanchez, C2000101 .273
   Nevin Ashley, C0000000 .000
Jordy Mercer, SS3010010 .192
   Jaff Decker, LF0000000 .206
Jose Tabata, RF2000012 .121
   Chris Dickerson, RF-CF1000000 .346
Michael Martinez, 2B3000011 .367
Robert Andino, 3B-SS3000011 .161
Edinson Volquez, P0000000 .000
   Andy Oliver, P0000000 .000
   Jay Jackson, P0000000 .000
   Daniel Schlereth, P0000000 .000
Totals2904018  
Batting
CS - Josh Harrison (2, 2nd base by Sabathia/McCann), Robert Andino (1, 2nd base by Sabathia/McCann)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Michael Martinez (2, Throwing)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez (L,0-3) 5544240 9.64
Andy Oliver 1000000 4.50
Jay Jackson 1000010 2.00
Daniel Schlereth 1100210 0.00
WP - Edinson Volquez (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 38-28, Andy Oliver 3-3, Jay Jackson 5-5, Daniel Schlereth 14-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 7-4, Andy Oliver 1-2, Jay Jackson 1-1, Daniel Schlereth 1-1
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 22, Andy Oliver 3, Jay Jackson 3, Daniel Schlereth 6
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF3001000 .278
   Antoan Richardson, CF1000010 .300
Derek Jeter, SS3001010 .122
   Dean Anna, SS1010000 .258
Carlos Beltran, RF3110011 .231
   Adonis Garcia, RF0000100 .444
Mark Teixeira, 1B3100110 .136
   Russ Canzler, 1B0000000 .158
Brian McCann, C4011012 .235
Alfonso Soriano, LF3010001 .258
   Zoilo Almonte, LF0000100 .393
Kelly Johnson, 3B2100101 .242
   Zelous Wheeler, 3B1000013 .310
Brian Roberts, 2B3110000 .290
   Yangervis Solarte, 2B0000000 .455
Ichiro Suzuki, DH3010000 .216
CC Sabathia, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000 .000
   David Robertson, P0000000 .000
Totals3046346  
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (3, Volquez)
RBI - Brett Gardner (5), Derek Jeter (2), Brian McCann (5)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (1)
SB - Brett Gardner (2, 2nd base off Volquez/T. Sanchez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - McCann-B. Roberts, McCann-B. Roberts-Johnson-Teixeira, McCann-B. Roberts-Johnson-Teixeira-McCann-B. Roberts, McCann-B. Roberts-Johnson-Teixeira-McCann-B. Roberts-Johnson-B. Roberts-Teixeira
E - Kelly Johnson (3, Misplayed grounder), Brian Roberts (1, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
CC Sabathia (W,2-1) 7400170 1.59
Matt Thornton (H,3) 0.2000000 9.00
Shawn Kelley (H,5) 0.1000010 1.59
David Robertson 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - CC Sabathia 41-37, Matt Thornton 2-2, Shawn Kelley 3-3, David Robertson 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - CC Sabathia 10-2, Matt Thornton 2-0, David Robertson 2-1
Batters Faced - CC Sabathia 24, Matt Thornton 2, Shawn Kelley 1, David Robertson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10890
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Will Little, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez