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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.

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.

 

Game 8. Lineup.

With a lefty going for Baltimore, Francisco Cervelli is in the lineup and at 1B today.

Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Cervelli 1B
Roberts 2B
Solarte 3B

(Nova P)

Cesar Cabral has been called up to replace the DL’d Robertson. Cabral gives the Yanks three lefties in the bullpen (Nova, Thornton and Cabral).

Game 5. Yanks offense still missing in 4-0 loss.

Michael Pineda pitched well, David Phelps didn’t and the Yanks’ offense was non-existent again in a 4-0 loss to Toronto today.

Pineda went 6, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 k. Except for CC’s first two innings in the opener, the starters have done well the first time through.

Vidal Nuno faced one batter and walked him. Phelps came in and got through the seventh, but gave up two HR (3 for the season already) and let the game get away. Phelps 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Ellsbury had 3 hits, Cervelli 2 and Solarte 2, but the Yanks were 1 for 11 with RISP.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season. Soriano is now 0 for 16.

Heard some Nunez (who has been DFA’d) for Ike Davis (who the Mets want to trade) talk. I’m still surprised that Stephen Drew is out there. Shouldn’t the Mets go for him over Nunez? …. and as for the Yanks, if Teix is out long-term, wouldn’t Kendrys Morales (free agent and still out there) be a better option than Ike Davis?

S.T. Game 24. Yanks edge Boston, 3-2.

There has been rumors that teams looking for pitching and catching are looking at David Phelps and Francisco Cervelli, with the Yanks possibly dealing one or both for infield or bullpen help.

Phelps and Cervelli have done nothing to hurt their trade value this spring, and that continued tonight in the Yanks’ 3-2 win over Boston.

Phelps went 6, giving up 2 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 3 K. Scott LeRoux (1 1/3), Fred Lewis (2/3) and Matt Daley (1) pitched shutout ball over the last three innings.

Cervelli belted a HR, his fourth of the spring, and is hitting .484. Ichiro added a 2-run single.

The win makes the Yanks 13-9-2 this spring.

Best wishes for the Reds’ closer Aroldis Chapman, who was struck in the face by a line drive (off his 99 MPH fastball) last night. He suffered fractures above his eye and in his nasal cavity, and will need surgery to put a plate in. A scary moment.

S.T. Game 22. Yanks “buzz” Boston, 8-1.

Michael Pineda was impressive again today as the Yanks beat Boston 8-1 in a game that was held up for a few minutes because of a swarm of bees.

While the groundskeepers were spraying the bees, Mark Teixeira came out of the Yanks’ dugout holding up a couple of bottles of honey—sweet.

Pineda went 4 1/3, giving up 0 r, 4 H and striking out five. Fifth starter? Heck, he’s been pitching like an ace or #2 this spring.

Alfonso Soriano drove in four runs, three with a HR.

Ichiro had an RBI single, and so did Jeter on an infield hit. Teixeira drove in two with a single.

Brett Gardner went 3 for 4. Francisco Cervelli was 2 for 3, as was Brian Roberts.

David Robertson pitched 2/3 of an inning, giving up a hit but both his outs were strikeouts.

Shawn Kelley pitched a scoreless sixth. David Herndon gave up a run in the seventh, Fred Lewis and Matt Daley finished up with scoreless innings.

The Yanks are now 11-9-2 for the spring.

 

 

S.T. Game 21. Yanks one-hit Marlins, 7-0

CC Sabathia tossed five no-hit innings, striking out five, in the Yanks 7-0 win in Panama today in the other part of their split squad games.

After getting no-hit last night, the Yanks almost returned the favor, one-hitting the Marlins.

CC retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced, with the only batter reaching doing so on a two-out error by Zelous Wheeler in the fifth. Wheeler had driven in a run earlier with a double.

David Robertson pitched a scoreless, hitless sixth. Miami didn’t get their only hit until the seventh off of Preston Claiborne when Giancarlo Stanton singled and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Cesar Cabral pitched the eighth and Chris LeRoux the ninth. LeRoux went 1-2-3 and struck out two.

Francisco Cervelli was 3 for 3 with an RBI and the red-hot Yangervis Solarte was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Solarte is at .517 this spring.

Antoan Richardson was 2 for 2, and Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR in the 9th.

Zoilo Almonte was 2 for 2.

The Yanks are now 10-9-2 this spring.

 

 

S.T. Game 16 … and one split squad loses…

In the away split squad game today, the Yanks lost to the Phils, 6-2.

Ivan Nova went five, and struggled. He only gave up 3 R, but on 9 hits. He did strike out six.

Shane Greene and Bryan Mitchell each pitched a scoreless inning but then Preston Claiborne was awful.

Claiborne gave up 3 R in 2/3 of an inning. Mark Montgomery got an out.

Roberto Hernandez (the former Fausto Carmona) went 15 up, 15 down on the Yanks for the first five innings before Scott Sizemore led off the sixth against him with a single, whereupon Hernandez was pulled.

The Yanks managed just four hits in this game. A HR by Jacoby Ellsbury and RBI single by Francisco Cervelli in the seventh did cut it to 3-2 Phils before Claiborne gave any chance of winning the game away.

The Yanks are now 8-6-2 this spring and will continue to split squads up as some of the team heads to Panama (and Mo) this weekend.

S.T. Game 14. Yanks, Tigers tie at 7

Hiroki Kuroda wasn’t good today, and the Yanks staged a late comeback to tie the Tigers 7-7 in a 10-inning affair.

The Yanks’ S.T. record so far is 7-5-2.

Kuroda really struggled, going 3 2/3, giving up 6 R, 10 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Chase Whitley went 1/3, scoreless.

Shawn Kelley, Jose Campos, Fred Lewis, and Danny Burawa then each pitched a scoreless inning. Robert Coello gave up an unearned run in his inning of work. Yoshinori Tateyama pitched a scoreless inning.

There are rumors that Francisco Cervelli could be dealt because of the Yanks’ backup C surplus (Gary Sanchez was optioned to AA Trenton today, and the Yanks still have Austin Romine and John Ryan Murphy for backup or AAA). Cervelli hit 2 HR today. He is 8 for 16 for the spring with 3 HR. After being suspended 50 games last year for the Biogenesis thing, I can hear the snickers about his S.T. numbers.

Zoilo Almonte was 2 for 2, including a 2-run HR that tied the game in the bottom of the 9th.

Yangervis Solarte is having an INCREDIBLE spring training. Another hit and his batting average is .632 this spring.

Zelous Wheeler had 2 RBI.

Ervin Santana finally found a home. 1 yr. deal w/Atlanta for $14.1 MM.