Fiers sets tone as Astros blank Yankees

March 7th, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees had many of their best arms on the mound on Monday, but the Astros still got the win, edging out New York, 1-0, at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Max Stassi cranked a one-out double off Dellin Betances in the seventh inning that Lane Adams couldn't handle in center field. Andrew Aplin followed that with a double of his own for the game's only run.
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Yankees starter Michael Pineda turned in a strong performance, allowing two hits and striking out three over two innings. He was followed by highly touted right-hander Luis Severino, who struck out three in his three-inning outing.
On the other side, Mike Fiers, fighting for a spot in the Astros' starting rotation, continued to make his case. He allowed just two hits and saw his defense turn a tailor-made 6-4-3 double play behind him against Jorge Mateo to end the second. Michael Feliz followed him in relief, throwing three innings of two-hit ball.
Up next for Astros: Right-hander Doug Fister makes his second start of Grapefruit League play when the Astros return home to face the Nationals at 12:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Osceola County Stadium (watch on MLB.TV). Fister spent the previous two seasons with the Nationals, going 16-6 in 2014 and 5-7 last year before signing as a free agent with Houston.
Up next for Yankees: New York heads to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Tuesday to take on the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET (listen on Gameday Audio). Lefty CC Sabathia makes his 2016 Grapefruit League debut after going 6-10 with a 4.73 ERA during the regular season in '15.