The Yankees saw more promising offensive production from their squad in an 8-6 win over the Pirates in Tampa on Thursday. >> Box Score
Things to know about Thursday's game
1) Coming off a great performance on Wednedsay that saw a three-run homer carry over the fence in left-center, Greg Bird answered it with a solid 2-for-3 day at the plate. Bird is now 5-for-8 this spring.
2) Troy Tulowitzki displayed his power once again, this time with a three-run jack in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning. Tulo hit one to right field off Marcus Stroman on Monday, but this one was pulled to left to put New York up early. This is the start the Yankees definitely love to see from the 34-year-old.
3) J.A. Happ got the start in this one, and it wasn't the best. He allowed three runs on three hits including two homers -- one solo shot by Jung Ho Kang in the first and a two-run blast by JB Shuck in the second. Happ faced only seven batters before getting pulled.
4) Adam Ottavino has created buzz at Yankees camp with his devastating slider that has been displayed during live BP sessions. But the Pirates figured him out, as Ottavino allowed two runs on two hits and a walk over his one inning on the mound. He also had one strikeout.
5) The Yankees pulled away late thanks to L.J. Mazzilli knocking home two with a double in the bottom of the seventh. Thairo Estrada added some insurance with an RBI single in the eighth as well.
The Yankees host the division-rival Orioles for a night game at 6:35 p.m. in Tampa.