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Ellsbury reaches 3 times in Yankees' exhibition-opening 6-5 loss to Pirates

  • New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury waits his turn in the batting cage at McKechnie Field before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Fla.,  Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury waits his turn in the batting cage at McKechnie Field before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Yankees' Ramon Flores, right, scores past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin, center, and is greeted by Jacoby Ellsbury (22), who was on base for his two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez in the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Bradenton, Fla.,  Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    New York Yankees' Ramon Flores, right, scores past Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin, center, and is greeted by Jacoby Ellsbury (22), who was on base for his two-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez in the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Bradenton, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez throws in the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Edinson Volquez throws in the second inning of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. The Pirates won 6-5. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)  (The Associated Press)

Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in all three plate appearances of his New York Yankees' spring training debut, scoring twice Wednesday in 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ellsbury, who left World Series champion Boston for a $153 million, seven-year contract with New York, walked twice and had an infield single in the exhibition opener. He was on base in the second inning when Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run homer off Edinson Volquez.

Pittsburgh trailed 4-0 but scored twice in the second and four times in the seventh, when Tony Sanchez hit a tying three-run homer against Chase Whitley. Chris McGuiness had a go-ahead single that drove in former-Yankee Chris Dickerson.

Yankees starter Ivan Nova allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in 1 1-3 innings. Pirates starter Francisco Liriano gave two runs, three hits and a walk in one inning.