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Pineda and the Yankees avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.1 million deal Friday, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

If he can avoid the injury issues that repeatedly disrupted his progress early on in his career, Pineda should provide the Yankees with a strong return on this deal. Aside from a diminished strikeout rate, Pineda was as strong in 2014 as he was in his highly encouraging 2011 rookie season. Indeed, despite his K/9 dropping from 9.11 to 6.96, Pineda improved his ERA from 3.74 to 1.89 while showing significant improvement with his BB/9 and HR/9, too. He'll start the year second in the Yankees' rotation.

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Pineda allowed three hits and one earned runs over 6.1 innings Sunday against the Red Sox. He struck out 10 and walked none in the winning decision.

Pineda was able to finish strong after suffering through injuries for the majority of the season. The 25-year old allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven of his eight starts since returning from a back injury in August. In that eight-start stretch spanning 51.2 innings, he logged an impressive 40:4 K:BB ratio. Overall this season he posted a 1.89 ERA and 0.83 WHIP across 76.1 innings.

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Pineda won Monday against the Orioles as he allowed one hit and one walk to go along with eight strikeouts in 7.1 scoreless innings.

Pineda continues to dominate as he has a 1.93 ERA and 0.86 WHIP this season. He is only 4-5 due to a lack of run support, but could be in for a big 2015 campaign if he can stay healthy.

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Pineda allowed four runs and 10 hits, while striking out two over 7.1 innings against Tampa Bay on Thursday. He did not issue a walk, throwing 76 of 96 pitches for strikes.

Pineda pitched better than his stat line would indicate, as Yunel Escobar hit a pair of homers off of him to account for all the damage. While it's not a big simple size, Pineda entered Thursday's start with great numbers at home, posting a 1.08 ERA and 0.76 WHIP in 25 innings. He'll make two starts next week, one on the road against the Rays, and then against Toronto in Yankee Stadium.

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Pineda was dazzling Friday night, allowing just one run on three hits, he did not walk a hitter and struck out four over seven innings, but was a hard-luck loser in a 1-0 loss to Kansas City.

Pineda (3-4, 1.80 ERA) has come back strong, and will continue to be a key component of the Yankees rotation if they are going to challenge for a playoff spot. He'll take on the Rays in Yankee Stadium next time out.

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Pineda earned his third win of the season Monday, holding the Royals to one run in 6.1 innings of work.

Pineda has been just as good as he was in April after a lengthy stay on the disabled list, firing 17.1 innings and allowing four runs over three starts. The righty will try to keep his strong play going when he faces the Blue Jays this weekend.

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Pineda struck out three and walked one while allowing two runs on four hits over six innings in a no-decision Wednesday.

The start was only the sixth of the season for Pineda, but he has compiled impressive ratios (2.05 ERA, 0.88 WHIP) while holding the opposition to a .207 batting average against. Moreover, he's shown excellent control, with just four walks allowed through 30.2 innings.

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Pineda allowed one run over five innings in his first start since returning from the DL on Wednesday against the Orioles. He gave up two hits and no walks, striking out four.

If the Yankees can extend Pineda deeper into games, it could be a huge shot in the arm for them. Marring Pineda's effort was the four-run eighth inning by the O's against the Yankees' bullpen, most notably against Shawn Kelley.

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Pineda (back) was activated from the 60-day DL in advance of Wednesday's start vs. the Orioles, Erik Boland of Newsday reports.

Pineda will match up against the Orioles' Chris Tillman for his first start since Apr. 23. The 25-year-old will be making just his fifth start for the Yankees since the team acquired him from the Mariners prior to the 2012 season. In spite of the missed time, the Yankees still have high hopes for him becoming a critical member of the rotation over the final month and a half of the season.

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Pineda (back) will start Wednesday at Baltimore, Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports.

In two August starts at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pineda displayed his standout strikeout ability, punching out 11 in 7.2 innings. Note the innings count, which likely forecasts a cap in his initial big league appearances. However, his first nod since Apr. 23 is now a certainty.