The minors today.

AAA: SWB had a DH ppd. (both games)

AA: Trenton ppd. too.

High A:  Tampa lost 8-7. 5 of the runs they gave up were unearned. Alex Smith 2 2/3 IP of relief, 4 K. 3b Eric Jagielo 2 h, solo HR (4). DH Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 h, rbi.  C Pete O’Brien 3rbi.  2b Angelo Gumbs 2 h, rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 6-2.  Jaron Long 5 1/3 IP of relief, 8 K. DH Tyler Wade 4 for 5, 2 doubles, 2 rbi.  RF Aaron Judge 3 h, 2 rbi.

Yanks ppd.

The Yanks and Cubs will play a day/night dH tomorrow (2 separate admissions) after they were rained out today in the Bronx. Game 1 at 1 p.m. with Tanaka on the mound for the Yanks, and Game 2 at 7 w/Pineda.

Don’t expect Cervelli for 2 months at least. 60-day DL. Murphy up. P Shane Greene down and 3B Scott Sizemore up.

Some trivia: The Yanks and Cubs have played just 7 games in the Bronx that count. The Yanks have won them all. 2 games in the 1932 WS, 2 in 1938 and a 3-game sweep by the Yanks in 2005 interleague action.

Derek Jeter has just one grand slam in his career. It came against the Cubs, at Yankee Stadium, in 2005.

Hal says no infield moves forthcoming. No Drew or Morales. I’m a bit concerned about that b/c there is no true 1b behind Teix.

The Minors Today.

AAA: SWB PPD.

AA: 2-0 win for Trenton. Bryan Mitchell 6 IP. 0 R, 4 h, 2 w and 12 K. Both Rbi by DH Tyler Austin.

High A: Tampa won in the bottom of the 9th, 6-5. RF Cody Grice 2 H, 3 rbi.

Low A; Charleston won 11-3. Rookie Davis 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H in 5 2/3 IP. 2 h, HR, 2 rbi for Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew).  2 h, 3 rbi for 3b Miguel Andujar.

Cervelli to DL, Murphy up. Greene sent down, no corresponding move for that yet.

What to do when, if, healthy?

We await word on some banged-up players and moves while the Yanks have off today.

But here is one thought. Once Mark Teixeira comes off the DL (he expects it to be Easter Sunday, next Sunday), what then?

Here is one thought: keep Solarte in the lineup and bench Roberts. You can put Johnson at 2B and keep Solarte at 3B (preferred) or vice-versa.

Roberts, who hasn’t played more than 77 games in a season since 2009, has back troubles right now. I don’t know if he is DL-bound or not, but his injury history since 2009 isn’t good. Besides, he is just 4 for 31 right now, all singles. He is 2 for 2 in SB.

Who knows how long Solarte will stay hot or when he cools off, how much and how long he will fizzle. Solarte is 15 for 42 (.357) and leads the AL with 6 doubles. Solarte is also 10 years younger than Roberts.

Meanwhile, you wonder about the fragility of the infield. Could Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales be signed mid-season if they are still available?

Today’s minors.

AAA: SWB won 7-1. Bruce Billings 1 UE run, 1 H, in 7 IP. Combined 2-hitter. RF Ramon Flores 4 for 4, 2 doubles, triple. 3B Scott Sizemore 2 hits, triple, 3 RBI (see Game #13 game post).  LF Zoilo Almonte 3 h, rbi.  1B Russ Canzler 2 rbi.

AA: Trenton won 4-2. Matt Tracy 6 IP, 2 r. CF Mason Williams 2 h, solo HR. Kyle Roller 3-run HR. RF Tyler Austin and C Gary Sanchez 2 hits each.

High A: Tampa won 7-3. Manny Banuelos looks like he’ll be moving up shortly as he comes back from that TJ surgery. 3 scoreless, hitless innings, and 6 K.  SS Cito Culver 2 doubles and 2 RBI.  2b Angelo Gumbs 3 h, rbi. LF Claudio Custodio 2 h, double, rbi.

Low A: 3-2 loss for Charleston.

Game 13. Yanks edge Boston 3-2, but are banged up.

Ivan Nova is either very good or very bad. A lot like A.J. Burnett was. Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde and you don’t know which one will show up.

Tonight was the good Nova. 7 1/3, 2 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 4 K. He goes to 2-1, 5.94. Matt Thornton got one out, David Phelps one, and Shawn Kelley got the last three outs for the save, his third.

The Yanks blew a chance in the first. With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out, Sori hit what appeared to be a SF. But Ellsbury took off for 3rd & was gunned down before Beltran could cross the plate. Timing play. Out. No runs.

Nova then gave up a run in the 2nd, and would have given up another if Gardner didn’t gun out the runner at the plate. Gardner should have two Gold Gloves already. It’s a shame he doesn’t have one yet.

Beltran hit a 2-run HR in the third to give the Yanks the lead. #361 of Beltran’s career (#3 for the year) tied him with Joe D. on the all-time list. Beltran is 5th on the all-time list for switch-hitters. I knew 3 above him—-Mantle, Murray and Chipper Jones. I could not remember #4. Thanks to my friend Josh “The Yankee Truth” Imboden for letting me know Lance Berkman retired with 361 HR.

The Yanks got a break in the fourth, and it helped them win the game.  McCann and Solarte walked, then a force out. 1st & 3rd, one out. Cervelli hit into what was originally called a DP. Girardi challenged, and the call was overturned. Cervelli was safe. 3-1. Farrell (Boston mgr.) ejected. But in straining to touch the bag, Cervelli was hurt. Romine or Murphy up soon?

Later, Solarte got hurt doing the same thing—straining for the bag, but he stayed in the game. Good thing. Roberts has back issues. Jeter didn’t play because of a strained quad. The team is fragile. There could be a couple of call ups soon, and I really don’t like the minor league situation. The best call up if they need an infielder would be Scott Sizemore for 3b. After that, …. it depends on who all is hurt.

Meanwhile Carlos Beltran had to go to 1B tonight. Ichiro to RF. This would actually prove to be a lucky break later when Ortiz hit one that Ichiro caught. Should have been a double. Beltran would not have got it. Ichiro did. Later in the same inning, the Red Sox loaded the bases but Phelps got a K to get out of it. Without Ichiro’s catch, no zero on the scoreboard.

Now to check on the injuries.

At 7-6, the Yanks are tied for first w/Toronto and Tampa in what looks to be a very tight division. Long way to go.

Yanks off Monday. Cubs in Tuesday.

 

Saturday’s minors.

AAA: SWB lost game 1 7-1. Zoilo Almonte HR as SWB got only 2 hits. Brian Gordon and Fred Lewis the pitchers.

Game 2: SWB won 2-1 in 8 (DHs in AAA are 7-inning games).  Caleb Cotham 1 R in 5 IP. Matt Daley 1 1/3 scoreless, 4 K.

AA: Trenton lost 3-2; Joel De La Cruz 3 R, 2 ER in 6 1/3.

High A: Tampa lost 7-1. Rey Nunez HR.

Low A: Charleston lost 8-2. Brady Lail 6 R, 5 er in 3 1/3. Mike Ford 3 h. 2b John Murphy (not c  John Ryan Murphy) 2 doubles.