After two straight days of pouring rain, the Pirates-Yankees game in sunny Bradenton yesterday was a welcomed sight.

Spring home of the Pirates since 1968.

Plus it wasn’t bad watching the Bucco Bombers blast five home runs on the afternoon, including an Akinori Iwamura shot off CC Sabathia that smacked off the center field scoreboard. Bobby Crosby might have played himself right into the starting shortstop position with two home runs and a double while Ronny Cedeno cut his hand when Robinson Cano stepped on it running into second base. Steve Pearce and Delwyn Young also added homers for Pittsburgh in the 10-5 victory.

As for positive Yankees news, Sabathia had a better start than last time against the Pirates, but still fell apart in the fifth inning as he finished with three runs allowed in 4.1 innings.

Did CC shed some pounds this offseason or was it just the sun doing funny tricks on my head?

Nick Johnson continued his streak on the Pirates this spring as he smoked a home run off reliever Vinnie Chulk for his third long ball (all against the Bucs) this spring.

This bumps my all-time spring training record at Pirates game to 2-0—if only that stat carried over to regular season.

Due to the rain late last week, this was the only game I was able to see but it was worth it and better than no games at all. Enjoy the pictures from beautiful McKechnie Field, all taken by yours truly. I landed back in Pittsburgh today (thank you US Airways), so I’ll be getting back to the normal daily posts as we inch closer to Opening Day.

Beautiful day at the ball yard.

Future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter rounding first base.

Bradenton—The friendly city. And the Pirate Parrot works on his golf game.

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