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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.

Game 8. Nova and Nuno lousy in 14-5 loss.

Nova and Nuno are two names that are four-letter names. It’s safe to say that both heard four-letter words after their outings today in a 14-5 Yankees loss.

Nova started and gave up 7 R in 3 2/3. Nuno also gave up 7 R, but in 3 1/3 innings of relief.

Nova gave up 3 runs before the Yanks had a chance to bat. Cesar Cabral (1/3) and Dellin Betances (1 2/3) pitched scoreless relief.

Rafael Soriano and Kelly Johnson HR’d in the Yankees loss. For Soriano, career HR #407 tied Duke Snider on the all-time list.

Derek Jeter got hit #3322. Jacoby Ellsbury got 3 hits and Yangervis Solarte had 3 hits and an RBI.

UConn pulled off the double, winning the mens’s NCAA basketball title last night and the women’s tonight. The women wound up 40-0 and beat a previously undefeated ND team tonight for the title, and beat ND badly.


Game 4. “T” time. Tanaka wins. Teix hurt. Yanks win.

Tanaka did well, but Teix got hurt, in the Yanks’ 7-3 win tonight. The Yankees are now 2-2.

Tanaka gave up a HR on his 3rd MLB pitch–to Melky.

The Yanks did get two in the top of the first. Tanaka struggled early but settled in.

7 IP, 3 R, 2 ER 0 walks and 8 K.

Teix was hurt. Strained hammy. More on that in a bit.

Thornton (2/3), Betances (1/3 but struggled) and Robertson finished up for Tanaka.

Ellsbury had a good night, 3 for 4, a walk and 2 SB. Yangervis Solarte had 2 hits and 3 RBI. Ichiro had 3 more hits, and 2 for Kelly Johnson.

Roberts, Soriano and Jeter had the day off before Roberts had to enter the game due to Teixeira’s injury.

Gardner had 2 h, rbi. The Yanks had 16 hits.

They are still looking for HR #1 for the season.

As for what would happen if Teix gets DL’d…..

1) Nunez is DFA’d meaning the Yanks have 10 days (a few have passed) to ship him down, trade him or release him. The Mets are shopping Ike Davis. SS Ruben Tejada of the Mets stinks—worse than Nunez. Maybe a Nunez for Davis swap?

2) Russ Canzler is the SWB 1B. Bring him up?

3) The option I prefer. Move McCann to 1b. Cervelli at C. Bring up Romine or Murphy. It may save McCann over time.

But sheesh. Teix out for a few weeks already?


Game #1. Opening day and CC don’t agree…again…. Yanks lose 6-2.

For as often as Joe Girardi trusts his binder, you think he would trust certain numbers and NOT start CC Sabathia on Opening Day. For if Joe looked at the numbers, and forgot this “ace” b.s., or loyalty or whatever, he would see this…

that CC stinks on Opening Day.

CC lost to Houston today, 6-2. He has started 11 Openers in his career, has just one win and a 6.12 ERA. If that isn’t a pattern (which Girardi loves to follow), what is? CC gave up 4 runs in the first inning and two in the second to doom the Yanks. Down 6-0 after 2.

CC went 6, settled down after the first two, but the damage was done. 6 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 6 K. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless 7th, 2 K, and Vidal Nuno pitched a scoreless 8th, striking out the side.

The Yanks offense did little tonight as well, scoring both their runs in the 8th. Derek Jeter got hit #3317, putting him two behind Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list.

S.T. Game 30. CC’s last tuneup a good one. Yanks win 4-2.

CC Sabathia threw four shutout innings in his final tuneup before he starts Tuesday on Opening Day vs. Houston. The Yanks beat the Pirates, 4-2.

As I predicted yesterday, Preston Claiborne did not make the team. He’s being sent down to AAA.

After CC’s four innings, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno each pitched a scoreless inning. David Phelps gave up 2 R in 2/3 of an inning, and Cesar Cabral pitched 1 1/3 scoreless. It looks as if Nuno and Cabral are the two left for a “second lefty out of the bullpen” job.

Ichiro, who one scout yesterday described as awful this spring training, woke up with 3 hits, scored two runs and drove in another. Eduardo Nunez had three hits and an RBI. Zoilo Almonte was 3 for 3 with an RBI.

Nunez, Anna, and Solarte all started. Two of the three will make the team, what with Brendan Ryan being put on the DL. Manager Girardi wanted to get a good look at all three today. While Nunez got three hits, both Anna and Solarte went 0 for 4.

Mark Teixeira is down to .091 this spring.




S.T. game 29. Yanks lose to Toronto, 10-6.


For most of 2013, Preston Claiborne was a revelation. From his MLB debut on May 5th, right through Sept. 3, his ERA was 2.74. 38 games, 0-1, 2.74. Solid.

But in his last six appearances, from Sept. 3rd on, he was 0-1, 18.69. That is as ugly as ugly can be.

Today he got no one out and gave up six runs as the Yanks lost to Toronto 10-6. His S.T. ERA is 14.29. It’s safe to say he won’t be making the team.

You wonder if he is healthy. What a dropoff.

For the second day in a row, Joe Girardi pitched a bunch of scrubs as he lines up his rotation to start the season. Scott LeRoux started and gave up 2 R in 3 IP.

Matt Daley got an out, and Fred Lewis, who had an outside shot at the 2nd lefty in the bullpen role, probably blew it by giving up 2 in 2/3 of an inning.

Then Claiborne could not get any one out and gave up six runs.

Jim Miller, Dellin Betances,  Danny Burawa and Yoshinori Tateyama each pitched a scoreless inning. It would be shocking if Betances, who has had a great spring, does not make it.

Carlos Beltran had two hits and 2 rbi.  Kelly Johnson drove in 2 runs.

With Brendan Ryan hurt, Dean Anna and Yangervis Solarte each have a shot at making the team. Solarte was 1 for 1 today, raising his spring average to .459— but he is NOT on the 40 man roster. Anna was 1 for 2 with an RBI and has hit .297 this spring. He IS on the 40-man. Zelous Wheeler doesn’t play SS like the other two can. He has hit .324 this spring.

One scout states that the 40-year-old Ichiro has looked terrible this spring. The Yanks would like to dump him and would pick up part of his salary. If they do dump Ichiro,  Adonis Garcia has hit .419 this spring, and Zoilo Almonte .361.


S.T. Game 27. Yanks lose 3-1. Should we worry about Jeter/Teix?

Michael Pineda was done in by a couple of errors, one of which was his own, and a WP, but overall pitched decently in the Yanks’ 3-1 loss today. Of more concern may be the continuing lack of hitting by Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira.

Pineda went 6, 3 R, 2 ER, on 6 h, 0 walks (1 hbp) and 2 K. He got a lot of ground ball outs. Scott LeRoux went 1/3 scoreless.

Cesar Cabral faced three batters and got no one out, giving up a hit and two walks. Dellin Betances came into the bases-loaded, one-out jam and got a K and a fly out to get out of it. It looks like Betances has made the team.

Danny Burawa and Jim Miller each pitched a scoreless inning.

So the Yanks’ pitching once again looked good. But…

Derek Jeter is now hitting .114 for the spring, and Mark Teixeira is at .115. Both are coming off major injuries that cost each of them almost all of 2013. Teixeira always starts slow. Are their poor springs an aberration, or cause for concern?

Brett Gardner and Carlos Beltran each went two for three.

S.T. Game 23. Supernova helps Yanks shutout Braves, 7-0.

Ivan Nova pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings today, giving up just two hits, as the Yanks shut out Atlanta, 7-0. He walked no one and struck out five.

The last 8 outs were split two apiece by Danny Burawa, Shane Greene, Cesar Cabral and Dellin Betances.

Carlos Beltran was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI and Brett Gardner walked three times. Adonis Garcia drove in two runs.




S.T. Game 20. Tanaka impresses again in Yanks’ 7-4 win.

Masahiro Tanaka impressed again today as the Yanks beat Atlanta 7-4 in the Tampa portion of their split squad games.

Tanaka pitched 4 1/3, gave up 1 R, 3 H, 2 walks and struck out six. The run was on a wind-blown two-out double. Matt Thornton gave up a run in 2/3 of an inning.

Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless inning. Shane Greene gave up a run in his two innings of work (striking out four) and Dellin Betances gave up a run in his one inning of work.

A two-run double by Brian McCann, two wild pitches and an error helped the Yanks score six in the fifth.

Ichiro Suzuki and Ramon Flores each had two hits and an RBI, and Eduardo Nunez had two hits.


S.T. Game 17. Banuelos struggles again as Yanks lose 7-3

Manny Banuelos may be healthy, but it will take a while to get back to where he was before Tommy John surgery in Dec. 2012.

The 23-year old gave up 4 runs in 1/3 of an inning of work as the Yanks lost to the Twins 7-3 today. In two outings, Banuelos has given up 7 runs in one inning of work for an ERA of 63.00. Truthfully, after having been out for all of last year and most of 2012, the youngster most likely needs a full season—and maybe two—at AAA.

David Phelps, competing for the #5 starter position, started and gave up two runs in four innings. He struck out four.

David Herndon gave up one run in his inning of work before Banuelos came in and struggled.

Fred Lewis pitched a scoreless inning, Dellin Betances continued his impressive spring with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and James Pazos pitched a scoreless frame.

The first three Yankee batters got hits in the game, and then they didn’t get a hit the rest of the way. They scored all three of their runs in the first inning.  Ellsbury and Roberts doubled for one run, Teixeira singled in Roberts and went to second on the throw, and a couple of groundouts brought Teix home. After that… nothing.

The loss drops the Yanks’ spring training record to 8-7-2.