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The Minors.

AAA: SWB won 4-3, beating LV. Bruce Billings 7 IP, 2 R.  2b Jose Pirela and 1B Russ Canzler 2 h each.

AA:  Trenton lost 10-6. DH Ben Gamel 2h, 2 rbi for C Gary Sanchez.

High A: Tampa split a DH/ won 10-4 but a bad outing for Banuelos, 2/3 IP, 4 R. C Pete O’Brien double, 2 solo HR. If the Yanks are to make a deal, expect a C to be dealt. McCann has a long-term deal, then you have Cervelli (who I would deal once he gets healthy), Romine, Murphy, Sanchez and O’Brien. You can clear up the logjam and get help elsewhere by dealing someone here.  ‘

They lost the other game 9-1. ‘

Low A: Charleston split a DH. Lost 3-2.  Caleb Smith 0 R, 2 h in  5 2/3.  Both teams only had 3 hits in the game.

Won the other game 8-4. Paul O’Neill’s nephew, Mike, Triple, HR and 3 RBI (CF).

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.

The Minors Today.

AAA: SWB swept. They lost 5-0 in Game 1, getting just four hits. Scott Sizemore, double. Bruce Billings 4 R in 4 IP.

Both were 7-inning games. SWB lost Game 2, 6-5. 2b Zelous Wheeler 2 h, rbi. Same with 3b Russ Canzler and LF Antoan Richardson.  Here is the pitching line for Game 2.

Caleb Cotham 2.1 6 3 2 2 2 0 7.71
Preston Claiborne 1.2 2 1 0 0 3 0 0.00
Mark Montgomery 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Matt Daley (BS, 1)(L, 0-1) 1.0 3 2 2 1 3 0 9.00

AA:  Trenton won 10-1. Matt Tracy 1 R in 5 1/3. 2B Rob Refsnyder double, HR and 2 rbi as Trenton had a lot of stars. They pounded out 17 hits. C Gary Sanchez 3 for 4, 3 rbi. 3B Rob Segedin 2 h, 2 rbi.

High A:  Tampa won 7-6.  Manny Banuelos 3 scoreless IP.  3b Eric Jagielo 2 H, HR, 3 RBI. Jagielo was a first-round draft pick for the Yanks last year. C Pete O’Brien 3 h, solo HR. 2b Angelo Gumbs 3 H, rbi.

Low A: Charleston won 10-1.  Caleb Smith 5 IP, 0 R, 1 H. CF Brandon Thomas 3 h, HR, 4 RBI.  HR 1B Mike Ford and LF Mike O’Neill.


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?


Opening Day for the minors.

AAA: SWB wins 4-1. Bruce Billings 5 IP, 1 R.  Claiborne, Burawa, Montgomery and Daley each with a scoreless IP. Daley K’d the side. 3B Scott Sizemore 3 for 3.
1B Russ Canzler 2 H (both doubles), 2 RBI. RF Ramon Flores 2 h, triple. SS Zelous Wheeler 2 h, rbi.

AA:  Trenton got shut out 6-0. Bryan Mitchell 4 r in 4 IP. Jairo Heredia 1 R in 2 IP. Just 3 hits for Trenton.

High A: Tampa won 4-0. Manny Banuelos 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H. 1 walk and 3 K. Good start to his comeback. Together with Dietrich Enns and Tyler Webb, a combined one-hit shutout, 5 walks and 11K.  C Pete O’Brien a 2-R HR. SS Cito Culver 2 hits.

Low A: Charleston won 5-1. Rookie Davis 5 IP, 0 R, 2 h, 1 w, 5 K. Cesar Vargas 3 IP, 1 R (UE), 4 K. Philip Walby 1 IP, struck out the side. 1B Mike Ford 3 for 3.


S.T. Game 8. Rays edge Yanks 5-4.

Tampa Bay beat the Yanks today 5-4 to drop the Yanks S.T. record to 4-4.

To show you how much S.T. means, consider this. Chase Whitley is 0-2, 18.00 and Robert Coello 0-2, 48.60 for the Yanks. There are your losses. Both had a very slim shot to make the team. You can consider that shot gone now.

Adam Warren started and gave up 1 R in 2 1/3.  Dellin Betances, who does have a shot to make the team, followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Coello then came in and stunk, giving up 4 R in 1/3 of an inning and taking the loss. Matt Daley pitched 2/3 scoreless. He was followed by Yoshinori Tateyama, who pitched two scoreless innings and Jim Miller, who tossed a scoreless frame.

Brett Gardner drove in two runs, and Eduardo Nunez was 3 for 3. Russ Canzler and Kelly Johnson each had an RBI. Yangervis Solarte had another hit and is 8 for 12 for the spring.

Masahiro Tanaka is scheduled to start and go three innings for the Yanks vs. the Phils tomorrow (1 p.m., MLB). Alfonso Soriano and Mark Teixeira are scheduled to get into a game for the first time this spring. Soriano has been battling the flu, and Teix is coming off that wrist injury that cost him almost all of last season.

Can minor move turn out big?

With three lefty-hitting outfielders in front of him, playing time would have been limited for Chris Dickerson. The DH spot would probably be the spot for him.

But in a move in which the Yanks got younger and perhaps more versatile, the Yankees DFA’d Dickerson and picked up Russ Canzler off the waiver line.

Dickerson, 31 in April, can play all three OF positions. In 69 games at AAA last year, he hit .316-7-25 with 17 SB. He was 4 for 14 (.286), 2 HR and 5 RBI for the Yanks in 25 games in 2012, 3 for 3 in SB. Not bad.

As a Yankee, Dickerson didn’t get much playing time, but in 2011-2012 was 17 for 64 (.266) with 3 HR and 12 RBI. He was a perfect 7 for 7 in SB.

In his MLB career, Dickerson is a .266 hitter in 518 MLB at bats, with 11 HR, 47 RBI and 27 SB in 33 attempts. His OPS+ is 101. He has struck out 157 times. You do wish the Yankees or someone would give him more of a chance. Maybe Dickerson should look toward Japan. After all, look what that Japanese team gave Andruw Jones (Jones may need that $$ now that he’s committed domestic battery and is being sued for divorce).

But the Yankees DFA’d Dickerson while picking up Russ Canzler. It may turn out to be a good move. Only time will tell.

For one thing, Canzler is a bit more versatile and seems to fit certain Yankees needs a bit better. Canzler will be 27 in April, so he is four years younger than Dickerson. He is also a righty bat as opposed to the lefty-hitting Dickerson, and the Yanks have been looking for that, despite the recent signing of Matt Diaz to a minor league deal. Maybe it is a sign that the Yankees are out on Scott Hairston. Canzler has played mostly 1B in his minor league career, but has also played 3B, LF and RF. I believe it’s his ability to play 3B that appealed to the Yankees. By being able to play 1B and 3B maybe they feel he can fill in the role that Eric Chavez had before Chavez left to go to the Diamondbacks.

Let’s not forget, that Teixeira missed about 35 games last year. While Youkilis can play 1B, who’d play 3B then with Alex out? The two guys who filled in for Teix the most last year—Chavez and Swisher—are both gone. If Youk is only playing 3B because A-Rod is out for half the year or more, who is Teix’s backup?

Canzler apparently can backup at 1B and 3B besides being a righty bat who plays LF and RF, which Chavez couldn’t do, nor Andruw Jones. Of course, Canzler could DH also.

Canzler is a bit “local”, as far as where I live. He’s from Hazleton, PA, which is about an hour’s drive from where I live in the Lehigh Valley. Who is also from Hazleton? Rays’ manager Joe Maddon, who briefly managed Canzler.

Canzler has played 448 games at 1B in his minor league career, 112 in LF, 126 at 3B, 68 in RF. What bothers me is 43 errors in 126 games at 3B. I like the versatility, but that’s a lot of errors at 3B. I understand the need to have someone who can fill in at 3B with the uncertainty of A-Rod and possibly Youkilis (and yes, it’s still strange to type in the name of Youkilis), but 43 errors? Ugh.

So we will see about the defense. But his last three seasons in the minors have been good offensively.

2010: AA, Tennessee, Cubs system: .287-21-66 in 112 games.
2011: AAA, Durham, Rays system: .314-18-83 in 131 games.
2012: AAA, Columbus, Indians system: .265-22-79 in 130 games.

Canzler went 1 for 3 for the Rays in 2011 with 1 RBI and in 93 at bats for the Indians last year had 25 hits (.269-3-11). For his MLB career, he is 25 for 96 (.271), 3 HR, 12 RBI, OPS+  97. He spent 11 games at 1B and 8 in LF.

So there might be a stick here. The Yanks did need a righty bat. With Canzler they may have that, have someone in his prime (27) and have someone versatile. We’ll see how he does.

As for Dickerson, see above. He seems like someone who can help a team, either here in the U.S. or maybe in Japan. It’d be nice to see him get a shot.

But Dickerson just hit from the wrong side of the plate. With Granderson, Gardner and Ichiro, Dickerson was on the outside looking in.