Michael Pineda strikes out 16, moves to 5-0

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Michael Pineda hurled eight scoreless innings in a win last Tuesday against the Blue Jays, striking out six batters and issuing only one walk to move to 4-0 on the season. He was arguably even more dominant on Sunday, tallying a career-high 16 strikeouts and walking none over seven innings of one-run ball as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-2 in The Bronx.

Pineda is the first pitcher in Yankees history to register a 16-strikeout, zero-walk game and it’s just the 22nd pitching line of that kind in the history of Major League Baseball. The franchise record for most strikeouts in a game belongs to Ron Guidry, who whiffed 18 on June 17, 1978.

Pineda is now 5-0 with a stellar 2.72 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 54/3 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings this season.

And the Yankees are in first place in the American League East with a record of 20-12.

Jesus Montero, meanwhile, is playing first base for the Mariners’ Triple-A team.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.