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Pineda sharp, but Yankees fall to Blue Jays

Big righty helps cause to be Yankees' fifth starter despite loss
03/23/2014 4:42 PM ET
By The Associated Press

Michael Pineda was sharp again Sunday, allowing just three runs in six innings against the Toronto Blue Jays.(AP)
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Yankees fifth starter candidate Michael Pineda allowed three runs and six hits over six innings Sunday in New York's 3-1 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Dioner Navarro had an RBI single in the second, which ended Pineda's scoreless streak at 10 innings. The right-hander avoided further damage by getting an inning-ending double play from Ryan Goins with the bases loaded.

Toronto scored twice in the fifth, on Pineda's throwing error after fielding a bunt and a wild pitch.

Considered the front runner, Pineda is competing with David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno for the final rotation spot behind opening day starter CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova. Manager Joe Girardi is expected to announce the choice Tuesday.

Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle gave up one run and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

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