BRADENTON, Fla. -- The New York Yankees sent out a tough top of the order against the Pittsburgh Pirates today at McKechnie Field. But it didn't faze the Bucs pitching staff. The Yankees were held to four runs on eight hits in the Pirates 7-4 win in Bradenton on Tuesday.

"They brought a good ball club over here," Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle said. "I thought our guys were very efficient off the mound. We threw strikes. Not so much early, but when we got into counts we battled, made good pitches. We limited the damage. We were aggressive on both sides of the plate with fastballs. We had a couple guys with real efficient outings, really good downhill plane. Very good nine inning performance, again, from our pitching staff backing up what we were able to do last night."

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