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 Myers, last year's ...