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Sabathia stretches spring training scoreless streak to 17 innings as Yankees beat Pirates 4-2

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Stolmy Pimentel throws during the first inning of a spring exhibition baseball game against the New York Yankees in Bradenton, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) (The Associated Press)

New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia pitched four scoreless innings in his final tuneup for opening day, a 4-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday.

Pitching in a steady drizzle, Sabathia faced 13 batters, allowed three hits and got five ground-ball outs. He finished spring training with 17 scoreless innings.

Coming off the poorest season of his big league career, Sabathia starts Tuesday at Houston.

Ichiro Suzuki went 3 for 3 with one RBI and a run scored. Eduardo Nunez and Mark Teixeira also had one RBI apiece.

Pittsbugh's Stolmy Pimentel allowed four runs and nine hits in four innings, struck out three and walked one.

It was the Florida finale for the Pirates, who play the Phillies on Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia and then host the Chicago Cubs on Monday in their opener.

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