TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Kyle Weiland made a good first impression with his new boss.
Weiland threw four hitless innings Monday night as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-3.
With new Astros owner Jim Crane in attendance at his first spring training game, Weiland induced nine ground-ball outs. He worked out of a two-on, two-outs jam in the third by coaxing Curtis Granderson into a grounder.
"The first couple throws I knew my arm felt good," said Weiland, who threw 49 pitches. "The big challenge was going to be monitoring my effort level because when your arm feels that good, a lot of times you tend to get the ball up a lot. My main focus early on was let them put the ball in play and let my sinker work."
Competing for a rotation spot, Weiland struck out one, walked one and hit a batter. The right-hander was acquired from Boston in December.
New York starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed two hits in three scoreless innings. Nick Swisher had an RBI triple.
Astros closer Brett Mye...