Michael Pineda blanked the Phillies for five innings in the Yankees' rain-shortened, 10-0 victory Friday.
Since the game was called in the top of the sixth, Pineda will get credit for a rate spring training shutout. He allowed five hits, walked none and struck out five while throwing 62 pitches. He looks like he'll be one of the AL's better pitchers if he can stay healthy.
Jake Diekman was lit up for seven runs in one-third of an inning by the Yankees on Friday.
Yikes. Diekman 100-strikeout season out of the pen went mostly unnoticed last year, but it was a pretty impressive accomplishment for a lefty. He's being counted on as a big part of the Phillies pen again, but he does have options left if the Phillies want to send him down. He entered the day with a 3.86 ERA and a 7/2 K/BB ratio in seven innings this spring, so we're probably not at that point yet.
Stephen Drew went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI against the Phillies on Friday.
Drew's bat had showed signs of coming around in recent days, but this is still his first multihit game of the spring. Overall, he's hitting .231/.302/.359 in 39 at-bats.
Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com reports that the Twins have inquired about watching Rafael Soriano throw.
Wolfson adds that it's "possible they already watched him" throw. It's not clear how series Minnesota's interest in the free agent reliever is at this point. Soriano's market has been shockingly non-existent, as he was connected to the Blue Jays briefly but that was back in January. The reliever is working out at his agent Scott Boras' training facility in Miami.
John Lackey completed seven innings and allowed just one run as a Cardinals split-squad beat the Mets 5-4 on Friday.
Lackey tends to have lousy spring numbers most years, but this gets his ERA down to 3.77 for now. Barring an ugly outing next week, he'll finished under 5.00 for just the third time since 2006.
Matt Harvey surrendered one run over 4 1/3 innings and struck out five Friday versus the Cardinals.
Harvey's velocity was better today after being down a bit last time out, and he had it pretty easy against the Cardinals. He's sporting a 1.45 ERA and a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings for the spring.
Jenrry Mejia walked two and gave up a three-run homer in two-thirds of an inning of relief Friday against the Cardinals.
That Bobby Parnell's Tommy John rehab hasn't gone quite as hoped has sent Mejia's stock rising a bit this spring. Hopefully, today's poor showing was just a blip on the radar. He had allowed one run and walked none in his previous six appearances this month.
Rafael Ortega hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs Friday against the Mets.
The 23-year-old Ortega was a member of the Cardinals' 40-man roster last year until being designated for assignment and clearing waivers in September. He's really more of a speedster than a power guy; he finished with seven homers and 19 steals in a 2014 season spent mostly in Double-A. He has three 30-steal seasons to his credit in the minors, but he's never topped nine homers.