Rookie Tyler Wade started at shortstop, went 1-for-3 with a double and nearly missed a home run in another at-bat in the Yankees’ 6-5 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday at Steinbrenner Field. With the Yankees trying to decide on a replacement for the injured Didi Gregorius, Wade is batting .341.
“He made a lot of plays today,” Joe Girardi said of Wade, who was credited with two assists at short. “Big double for us today. We’re looking at everyone that’s here. It wasn’t a decision that I expected us to have to make, but we’ve got to now.”
Non-roster player Pete Kozma, another shortstop hopeful, knocked in the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth with a single to center.
Greg Bird hit his seventh home run of spring training.
No. 3 starter Michael Pineda allowed two runs (one earned) in 3 1⁄3 innings against the Pirates’ Triple-A team Saturday.
Aroldis Chapman, Dellin Betances and Tyler Clippard pitched for Double-A Trenton against Pittsburgh’s Double-A team. Chapman started and threw two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit. Betances threw a perfect inning. Clippard, in his first appearance since returning from the World Baseball Classic, allowed a run in one inning.