Ex-Mariners pitcher Michael Pineda had a solid outing in an exhibition game for the New York Yankees, allowing a run and five hits in five innings.

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TAMPA, Fla. — Michael Pineda made a strong pitch to be in the New York Yankees’ rotation.

Ex-Mariner Pineda allowed one run and five hits over five innings in the Yankees’ 1-1, 10-inning tie with a Detroit Tigers split squad in an exhibition game Sunday.

“Seems like he’s putting it all together,” New York catcher Russell Martin said.

Pineda, 23, is competing with Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and ex-Mariner Freddy Garcia for three starting spots behind opening-day starter CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.

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“I’m focusing on making good pitches,” Pineda said. “I feel a little more confident on the mound.”

Derek Jeter hit a leadoff homer in the first inning for the Yankees. The New York captain, who also had a double, played for the second time in three days after missing eight days because of a stiff left calf.

“My leg is fine,” Jeter said. “I haven’t run hard, but I haven’t had to. I’m making progress.”

Detroit right-hander Doug Fister, an ex-Mariner who left his previous outing Friday in the fifth inning of because of soreness in his right middle finger, is improving. It hasn’t been decided whether Fister will make his next scheduled start.

“I don’t foresee any problems, but like I said the other day, I don’t look at anything as a minor injury when you start messing around with your key guys,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.


leaves hospital

Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain was released from a hospital, three days after dislocating his right ankle bouncing on a trampoline while playing with his 5-year-old son.

Chamberlain, 26, will be in a cast for about six weeks and there is no timetable for his return.

“I am optimistic that he’s going to pitch for us this year,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Jenks apologizes

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox pitcher Bobby Jenks has apologized for “distractions” caused by his arrest in Florida on charges of driving under the influence.

In a statement, Jenks said he is embarrassed and apologized to teammates and the Red Sox for distractions he said he might have caused.

The 31-year-old Jenks, who attended Inglemoor High in Kenmore, said he will not comment further.

Jenks was arrested Friday after a sheriff’s deputy said he saw the player driving erratically in Fort Myers, Fla. Jenks was released on bail.

An arrest report said Jenks told the deputy he took “too many muscle relaxers.” According to the report, the deputy said Jenks was shaking uncontrollably and had a difficult time speaking.

The report said Jenks also told the deputy he hit another vehicle at a strip club.


• Philadelphia second baseman Chase Utley, a five-time All-Star, will miss the entire exhibition schedule for the second consecutive year and will not be in the Phillies’ opening-day lineup because of his injured knees.

Utley, 33, said he will not have season-ending surgery and does not have plans to retire.

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