Bird, Holliday dingers fuel red-hot Yankees

NY cruises to 7-1 spring record; Chapman sharp in debut

March 3rd, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. -- , Greg Bird and homered as the Yankees rolled to their seventh Grapefruit League victory in eight contests, defeating a split-squad Orioles lineup, 8-1, on Thursday night at George M. Steinbrenner Field.

Holliday hit a second-inning solo shot off Baltimore starter Tyler Wilson, and Bird launched a two-run shot -- his third of the exhibition season -- facing in the fourth inning. added a run-scoring single in the fifth, and McKinney cracked a three-run shot off in the seventh.

"It's looked really good," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "I know it's only a week, but balls are jumping off bats, guys are moving runners over, getting them in. Everyone is contributing. Guys are getting on base, big guys are hitting home runs. A lot of loud noises for the first week of Spring Training."

hit a solo home run, his first of the spring, off Yankees starter in the third inning. It was the only hit permitted by Warren, who worked three innings with a walk and three strikeouts, throwing 26 of 42 pitches for strikes.

"I felt really good today, using all my pitches," Warren said. "I felt like all of them were quality offspeed offerings. The home run was a two-seamer, a pitch I've been toying around with to righties. It leaked over the plate, and that's something I've got to learn with that. I've had some good results as well."

Holliday's homer was the only blemish in three innings against Wilson, who walked none and struck out two. Wilson threw 25 of 38 pitches for strikes.

Yankees closer made his first game appearance since Game 7 of the World Series, hurling a perfect fourth inning with two strikeouts.

Chapman's focus on slider, changeup in spring


Orioles: The O's travel to Bradenton to face the Pirates on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET (listen live on Gameday Audio). Left-hander is scheduled to make his second start of the spring.

Yankees: The Yankees are on the road Friday, set to visit the Blue Jays in Dunedin at 1:05 p.m. ET (watch live on MLB.TV). Right-hander will make his second spring start for New York, facing Toronto for the second time. The Jays counter with left-hander in a game that will be televised on MLB Network.

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