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Michael Pineda allowed four hits over six innings as the Yankees shut out the Cubs 2-0 in the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader.

The Yankees shut out the Cubs in both ends of the doubleheader. Pineda picked up his second win by throwing 89 pitches on a chilly evening. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three. Obviously, he shouldn't be unowned in any mixed leagues at this point.

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Michael Pineda pitched six innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox and struck out seven in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday.

Pineda spent most of the outing working with an obvious foreign substance on his hand, but no one involved seemed to care. Oddly enough, the guy he was matched up against, Clay Buchholz, was involved in a similar non-scandal last year. Pineda was sharp again, essentially matching his first-week outing against the Blue Jays. He's looking like a legitimate mixed-league starter right now.

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Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Tuesday that Michael Pineda will be the club's fifth starter.

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Michael Pineda did solid work against the Blue Jays on Sunday, allowing three runs -- two earned -- and six hits over six innings.

Pineda struck out two and walked none. The Yankees still haven't announced Pineda as their fifth starter, even though he's thrown well enough to earn the job. They may still be debating whether it makes sense to go with him in April when he's not going to be allowed to throw 180 innings over the course of the season.

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Michael Pineda shut out the Red Sox for 4 1/3 innings and struck out five on Tuesday.

Pineda's velocity was again mostly in the 89-92 mph range today, but he had his best slider so far this spring. He's made a nice case for a rotation spot with nine scoreless innings and 14 strikeouts in three outings. If the Yankees decide to send him down anyway, it'll be only because they want to monitor his innings count this year.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that while the club won't place a strict innings limit on Michael Pineda, they "understand we have to be careful."

Pineda has been limited to just 40 2/3 rehab innings over the last two years due to shoulder woes. He pitched 171 frames in his rookie season back in 2011, and it's safe to say the Yanks probably wouldn't go far past that number. Pineda is battling David Phelps for the fifth spot in New York's rotation. When asked if the club might start considering starting Pineda at Triple-A so it would be easier to limit his innings, Cashman said, "If he earns the right to make the team, he will make the team."

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Michael Pineda struck out five over 2 2/3 innings in the Yankees' 6-0 shutout of the Orioles on Thursday.

Pineda walked one and gave up three hits, but all of the hits were singles. His velocity was reportedly in the 89-92 mph range in the game. He currently stands as the favorite to be the Yankees' fifth starter. However, we don't see him being a quality option in mixed leagues early on.

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Michael Pineda impressed in his Grapefruit League debut on Friday, tossing a pair of scoreless innings and fanning four in a victory over the Tigers.

Pineda exhibited great command of his pitches, throwing 21 of his 27 offerings for strikes. The last of his four strikeouts came courtesy of two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera. Afterwards, Yankees catcher Brian McCann noted that "his slider was pretty much unhittable." Even more promising, is that his velocity sat comfortably in the 91-93 MPH range. He should start to climb up fantasy draft boards with every strong spring showing.

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Michael Pineda (shoulder) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

He'll follow Hiroki Kuroda, who will start the game. Pineda's surgically-repaired shoulder isn't an issue anymore, but the Yankees have brought the big righty along slowly this spring. Reports on Pineda's stuff in the early going have been encouraging as he competes for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Michael Pineda SP NYY 2 Months

Michael Pineda (shoulder) will pitch in a simulated game Sunday before being allowed to get into a Grapefruit League game.

Reports this spring on Pineda have been encouraging, but the Yankees are taking things slowly with him this spring. The right-hander's shoulder doesn't appear to be an issue anymore, and it sounds like he's getting his velocity back. He'll be one to keep an eye on this spring.