Michael Pineda tossed six innings of one-run ball in Game 2 for New York.
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) -
This time, there was no controversy over Michael Pineda's latest impressive start.
The New York Yankees hurler fired six scoreless innings to help the Bronx Bombers complete a doubleheader sweep of the visiting Chicago Cubs with a 2-0 victory in Wednesday's nightcap.
Five days after drawing plenty of attention -- for both his performance and for an apparent foreign substance on his right hand that was caught by television cameras -- when tossing six innings of one-run ball to defeat the Boston Red Sox, Pineda (2-1) held a punchless Chicago offense to four hits and a walk. It was his third straight strong outing since returning to the majors following a two-year absence caused by shoulder problems.
The shutout was the second of the day for the Yankees' staff, with Masahiro Tanaka yielding just two singles and fanning 10 over eight frames in New York's 3-0 triumph in the opener.
Future starts now for Astros
By Chris Ruddick, MLB Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Kudos to the Houston Astros.
You won't hear that often this season, but the Astros made the right move on Wednesday, recalling super outfield prospect George Springer in an effort to not only jumpstart their woeful offense, but perhaps draw some interest in a team that is probably headed toward a fourth consecutive 100-loss season.
By calling up Springer now, he'll likely qualify for Super Two status and be eligible for arbitration one year earlier than he would have if he were called up after the Super Two eligibility date (usually not too long after Memorial Day).
Nobody would have blamed the Astros for waiting. Plenty of teams do it. It's not as if they are going anywhere this season. In fact, after losing a league- high 111 games last season, they are already tied for the worst record in the American League.