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The Minors today.

AAA: Alfredo Aceves started and went five scoreless, 5 K. SWB lost 5-2 in 11.  Shane Greene and Preston Claiborne each gave up a run, Fred Lewis and Mark Montgomery combined for three scoreless IP of relief but  Yoshinori Tateyama blew the game. 2 h 2B Jose Pirela. 4 hits for 3B Adonis Garcia & 2 h LF Ronnier Mustelier.

AA:  5-3 win for Trenton. Matt Tracy 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER.  Pat the switch-pitcher Venditte with two scoreless IP. 2B Rob Refsnyder and 3B Dan Fiorito w/3 h apiece.

High A : Tampa ppd

Low A: Charleston ppd

Game 17. Yanks blow 4-0 lead. Bullpen can’t p/u Kuroda.

The Yanks got off to a 4-0 lead, and had a 5-3 lead w/two-0uts in the 7th, but lost 11-5 to snap their five-game winning streak.

Scott Sizemore cleared the bases with a bases-loaded double in the 2nd.

Hiroki Kuroda ran out of gas.  5 2/3, 3 R, 7 H, 2 walks and 2 K. ERA to 4.07.

Phelps 1/3, 1 R. Thornton 2/3, 1 R.

Warren 1 IP, 3 R. (L). There is one thing about Warren’s performance tonight that I did not like. Three straight batters. Three straight that he got two strikes on and could not put them away. All three times, when he got two strikes, he went to a cutter or slider. No fastballs, curves or changeups. If you are the other team, and know he only goes to cutters or sliders when he has two strikes on you, what are you sitting on? You have to diversify better than that.

Cesar Cabral was terrible and needs his ass kicked. 3 R, 0 outs. 3 h. But 3 HBP and he was kicked out of the game. The Yanks may have someone thrown at b/c this dummy hit three batters. There is no excuse for that.

Update: After the game, Cabral was DFA’d & Matt Daley was called up.

The Minors today.

AAA: 2-1 win for SWB. Brian Gordon 5 2/3 scoreless.

UPDATE: Sorry, SWB had a DH. Forgot about that, since the prior game went 9 innings (extras).

Game 2: SWB won 7-2. Chase Whitley 5 IP, 0 R, 2 h. 2b Jose Pirela 2 h, 2 RBI, HR, same for 1b Corban Joseph. LF Zoilo Almonte two solo HR.

AA: 5-3 win for Trenton.  Joel De La Cruz 5 2/3 scoreless. 2 h, HR, 2 rbi Kyle Roller (1B).

High A: 6-5 win for Tampa in 10. Dan Camarena 4 r, 2 er in 5 1/3.  DH Dante Bichette, Jr, RF Zach Wilson and CF Jake Cave (double, 2 triples) 3 hits each.

Low A: Charleston 8-7 win. LF Mike O’Neill (Paul’s nephew) triple, 3 rbi. RF Aaron Judge HR, 2 rbi.

Game 16. Yanks turn triple play in 10-2 win.

CC Sabathia had something to prove to me. I’ve mentioned that before this start he was a $23MM #4 starter to me—that I would take Tanaka, Pineda and Kuroda over him.

Perhaps even Nova… knocking CC to #5. After all, CC was 15-15, 4.93 since 2012 going into tonight. He went 7, got help from a triple play, and improved to 2-2, 5.19. Dellin Betances mopped up with two scoreless innings.

The Yanks turned their third triple play since 1968 in the second, and funny enough, CC was the pitcher for all three.

The Yanks got one in the first on a McCann single, and three in the second, keyed by Roberts and Ellsbury triples and a Jeter single.

Later, Soriano (#410 career) and McCann hit back-to-back HR. In the 9th, Solarte went deep for his first MLB HR. (A-Rod who?)

The Yanks have won 5 in a row and 6 out of 7. (10-6)

Lots of offensive stars tonight.

Ellsbury 2 H, 2 rbi.
Jeter 2 h, rbi (3329 hits now).
Soriano 3 h, rbi. HR
McCann 2 h, 2 rbi. HR
Solarte 3 H, 1st MLB HR, 2 RBI
Roberts 3 H, 2 rbi, HR short of the cycle.

10-2 Yanks.

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?