Sunday Morning News And Notes: 3/22/15

Yesterday was a slow day around these parts.  Let's play a little catch-up. - The Yankees won their ST game yesterday afternoon, 3-2 over the Astros on a 3-run rally in the bottom of the 9th that was started by an Eddy Rodriguez 2-run double and capped by a Jake Cave walk-off sac fly.  Even in a game where the win doesn't mean much, that's pretty cool.

- Michael Pineda was the starter yesterday and he struggled out of the gate, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs in the 1st inning before settling down and getting through 3.2 innings without further damage.  He struck out 6 and did not walk a batter, so I'll chalk the runs up to a mistake pitch and not a real problem.  Big Mike is looking healthy and looking good this spring.

- Strong day from the bullpen behind Pineda.  Justin Wilson, Andrew Miller, Andrew Bailey, Nick Rumbelow, and Jacob Lindgren combined to throw 5.1 innings of scoreless, 1-hit ball with 8 strikeouts.  Bailey was sitting low-90s and looked pretty good from what I read.

- The Yankees announced that Jose Ramirez has been cut from camp and reassigned to Triple-A SWB, where he will start the season in their bullpen.  This came on the heels of Tyler Austin, Mason Williams, Dan Burawa, Jose De Paula, and Wilking Rodriguez being cut and reassigned on Friday.

- CC Sabathia makes his second start of the spring today, and he's doing it on the road in Port St. Lucie against the Mets and Matt Harvey.  There's been a lot of effort to create a story out of that, but once again the only stories that matter will be how CC's knee feels and how his command looks.

- It sounds like Masahiro Tanaka's next start will come on Wednesday, via multiple reports yesterday.  That would put him on a 5-day rest schedule and line him up to start on Opening Day if he stays on that schedule for the rest of ST.  Joe still hasn't said who will get that start.

- Injury updates: Brendan Ryan has returned to game action and seems to be fine.  So much for my prediction from last week.  Jacoby Ellsbury is still out but said he's feeling better already and isn't concerned about missing Opening Day.