Today’s minors.

AAA: SWB lost 8-2. Chris LeRoux 5 R in 2 1/3.

AA: Trenton split a DH. Lost 4-3, Jeremy Bleich 3 R, 2 ER in 4 IP. CF Mason Williams and DH Ben Gamel 2 h, rbi each.

Won 1-0. Zach Nuding 7 IP, 2 h.

High A: Tampa lost 4-1. Rafael DePaula 1 r, 2 h, 2 walks, 7 K in 6 IP. CF Jake Cave 3 hits,  DH Dante Bichette solo HR.

Low A: Charleston 8-7 win. SS Tyler Wade 2 h, 3 rbi.

 

Games 14 and 15. Yanks sweep DH, win both by shutout.

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant. 8 IP, 2 H (both bunts), 1 walk, 10 K. Carlos Beltran hit HR #4 (362 career, passing Joe D. ). Shawn Kelley 4th save (2.45). 3-0 Yanks’ win. 3-hit shutout. Tanaka 2-0, 2.05, 28 K 2 walks in his first 3 starts.

Game 2:  Michael Pineda went 6 (2-1, 1.00)  David Phelps 1 1/3, Matt Thornton 2/3 and Adam Warren 1/3 in the Yanks’ 2-0 win. Scott Sizemore 2 h, rbi.

The last time the Yanks won both games of a DH by shutout was April 19, 1987 when they did it against KC.

 

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.