Mar 21, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Sabathia Shuts Down Pirates In Yankees Victory

Even with reduced velocity, maybe CC Sabathia is putting the pieces to the puzzle together. Sabathia dropped his spring ERA to 2.70 with a second straight strong outing, going seven shutout innings, striking out seven and giving up four hits as the Yankees shut out the Pirates 4-0.

The Yankees got to Edinson Volquez right away. After he retired the first two batters, Carlos Beltran singled. Mark Teixeira walked. Brian McCann followed with a double to bring home Beltran and move Teixeira to third. Tex would come home to score on a wild pitch with Alfonso Soriano up.

The Yanks would get their other two runs in the second. Kelly Johnson led off with a walk. Brian Roberts and Ichiro Suzuki singled to load the bases. Groundouts by Gardner and Jeter would bring home two more runs.

The Yankees improved to 13-9.

The Yankees head over to Ft. Myers to take on the Twins. Masahiro Tanaka will take on Kevin Correia at 1:05. The game is on MLB.tv with the Twins broadcast. You can listen to the Yankees radio call on WFAN.

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