TAMPA – The Yankees got their first tie of the spring against the split-squad Baltimore Orioles thanks to a ninth-inning rally.
After Clint Frazier and Matt Lipka walked to lead off the ninth against D.J. Snelten, a wild pitch moved them up to both be in scoring position. Rashad Crawford then lined a single to center field to tie the game. That was the extent of the Yankees offense.
The only Yankee in the starting lineup to get a hit was Giancarlo Stanton, who reached on an infield hit in the third inning. Gary Sánchez had a swinging strikeout and a hit taken away by a diving catch in his two at-bats. He also caught four innings.
The Orioles tagged James Paxton for one run in two-plus innings, as catcher Andrew Susac connected for a solo shot in the third inning. They scored their other run when outfielder Austin Hays homered off Jonathan Loáisiga in the sixth.
- Luis Cessa will start Saturday’s game against the Pirates in Bradenton. Also, Danny Farquhar is scheduled to make his first appearance in a live game since his scary collapse in the White Sox dugout last April.
- The Yankees will go split-squad Sunday, with Masahiro Tanaka starting the home game against the Tigers and Domingo Germán starting for the away squad in Dunedin against the Blue Jays.
- Luis Severino, who faced Sánchez and Stanton in a simulated game Thursday, appears on schedule to make his spring debut Tuesday against the Braves, per George A. King III.
- CC Sabathia threw a bullpen session without issue in Tampa. “Conditioning-wise, knee-wise, everything felt great,” he told Pete Caldera.
- Boone told the media that Jacoby Ellsbury would be evaluated next week and a decision will be made whether to bring him to Tampa. He has been working his way back from plantar fasciitis. The team will let him know whether to head east or stay in Phoenix, where he has been working out with a member of the Yankees training staff.