The Yankees defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3 on Tuesday night at Steinbrenner Field, upping their Grapefruit League record to 9-9. The Pirates fall to 6-10.
Our three (and a half) stars go to:
* Alex Rodriguez, who went 2-for-3, plus a walk, and drove in three runs on the night. Both of A-Rod's hits were singles, but they made a big impact. Rodriguez was batting .292 this spring, leading into tonight's game.
* Curtis Granderson, who also went 2-for-3, plus a pair of walks, and scored three runs on the night. Granderson doubled to lead off the bottom of the first, singled in the third, and walked in the fourth and fifth innings. Granderson was hitting .333 this spring, before tonight's game.
* Justin Maxwell, who replaced the injured Nick Swisher in the third inning, and made the most of his opportunity. The 28-year-old outfielder went 2-for-2, plus a walk, driving in two runs and scoring two runs -- both of his hits were doubles. Maxwell was acquired from the Washington Nationals in a trade in Feb. 2011, started last season at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, but missed much of the season with a torn labrum. Maxwell is a former fourth-round pick in the MLB draft, and was hitting .368 this spring coming into this game.
Also, a half-star to goes to Mariano Rivera. This will come as no surprise, but Rivera worked a perfect fourth inning in relief of Michael Pineda, needing just nine pitches to get the job done. Rivera has yet to give up a hit in five appearances this spring, and has not allowed an earned run in 25 consecutive spring training innings, dating back to 2008.