Pineda looks strong

March, 5, 2012
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Michael Pineda just finished his two-inning stint against the Phillies and looked good, allowing a ground-ball single to Jimmy Rollins leading off the game but shutting down the next six hitters, striking out two including Jim Thome on a high fastball.

Pineda also appeared to try out his new changeup a couple of times, including once to Thome, resulting in a sofltly hit foul grounder on an awkward swing.

Scouts sitting behind home plate clocked Pineda's cutter at between 90-91 mph, his splitter at 86 and his curve ranging from 79-82.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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