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Game 45. Tit for Tat. O’s win in 10, 3-2.

Last night the Yanks beat the Orioles in 10, tonight it was the other way around as the O’s got a walk-off HR from Nate McLouth in the 10th to win 3-2.

Phil Hughes went six and gave up 2 runs. Much better than his last outing of 7 R in 2/3 of an inning. Ex-Yankee Chris Dickerson tormented his former club with 2 solo HR off of Hughes.

The Yanks got a run in the first on a double by Gardner and a single by Hafner. Hafner pretty much was the whole Yanks offense tonight with 2 H and both RBI. The Yanks only had three other hits all night.

Dickerson’s 1st HR of the night tied it at one in the third.

In the fourth, Wells doubled and Hafner singled. 2-1 Yanks, but Dickerson’s second HR off Hughes tied it in the fifth.

In the seventh, a play that could have turned the game around. With two out, David Adams (doing well since his callup) singled. Jayson Nix lined on to the gap that Nick Markasis made a diving catch on. If it gets by him and to the wall, it’s a double, Adams scores, and the Yanks go up 3-2.

Hughes 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 walks and 5 K. The good Phil. We never know what we will good. When good, he’s very good. When bad, he’s very bad. A decent effort tonight, ERA to 5.51 (still way too high).

Logan 2/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.93.

Kelley 1/3, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 0 K. 5.30.

Robertson 1 IP. 3 up, 3 down all by K. 2.79.

Claiborne 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. He still hasn’t given up a run since being called up to the majors. 0.00.

Vidal Nuno came in (his 3rd MLB game) and gave up a HR to the first batter he faced. Ballgame over. Nuno 1-1, 1.13.

Curtis Granderson is struggling since coming off the DL. .174.

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.

Swisher to Indians

We knew Nick Swisher wasn’t going to be coming back as a Yankee, but we just wondered where he’d wind up. Baltimore? Dodgers? Phillies?

With the Indians trade of Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, a spot opened up in Cleveland for the former Buckeye, and Swisher is headed there. Swisher and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame do seem to mesh. The Yankees haven’t been giving out multi-year deals (except to the 39 yr. old Ichiro) and Swish got a 4-yr., $56 MM deal with the Tribe, with a $14 MM vesting option for a fifth year.

As for the Yankees’ holes, we can only wonder if Cashman has a trade forthcoming. As of now, here are the options, internally.

OF: The OF right now has Granderson, Gardner and Ichiro. Chris Dickerson could backup, but he’s another lefty bat. They need a righty bat. They’d like Scott Hairston, who’ll be 33 next year, can play all three OF positions as well as 2B. Hairston, who spent 2012 with the Mets, is looking for a multi-year deal (aren’t they all?) and that may be a deal-breaker. He hit .263-20-57, OPS+ 117 for the Mets in 2012 and is a .247 career hitter, OPS+ 100. Average player, but has pop. 162 g. ave: .247-20-58.

Internal options could be Melky Mesa, 26 next year who was 1 for 2 with an RBI in a brief September callup last year. Mesa hit .264-23-67 between AA/AAA last year with 22 SB. He provides some athleticism and speed that’s sorely needed but you wonder if he is ready. He’s only had 33 games at AAA (.230-9-21) and that .230 average makes you wonder. Also, at age 26, he’d be an old rookie. He’s mostly played CF and RF.

They also could give Ronnier Mustelier a shot. The 28-yr. old defector from Cuba hit .314-15-69 with 10 SB between AA/AAA last year. But unlike Mesa, Mustelier got more time at AAA and did well (89 games, .303-10-49) and probably has an upper hand. Mustelier has spent time at LF, RF and also 3B. He’s also played a couple games at 2B and CF. This may be to his advantage as he tries to make the team. He hasn’t been invited to major league camp yet. That should change. I was surprised he wasn’t brought up last year. I wanted him to replace Andruw Jones last midseason. Heck, Jones (now to play in Japan), hit only .197 last year. After the ASG he was just .142-3-12. You would think Mustelier could have done better than that.

In 150 minor league games, Mustelier has a .324-18-96 line with 19 SB. I’d give him a shot at that righty-hitting, backup OF job.

As for DH, who knows? Ibanez and Jones are both gone. Maybe it’d be best to DH Jeter the first half of the year because he’s coming off that fractured ankle. It’d be nice to see Nunez get some playing time. He, Ichiro and Gardner could provide a speed dimension to the club that was sorely lacking last year. The problem is, with the catching situation (I’ll get to that in a bit), where will the power come from, esp. with A-Rod out for half the year? Having a weak-hitting C in the lineup, along with Ichiro, Nunez AND Gardner means not much pop at all.

Not only that, but if Jeter DH’s and Nunez plays SS, you wonder about Nunez’ defense. Jeter’s range is not the greatest, has been criticized for years. and could be worse after the injury. But at least he is sure-handed, unlike Nunez.

Nunez, 26 next year, has just an 88 OPS+, but he’s interesting because his 162 g. average is .272-6-43 with 34 SB. But Cashman says he’s just a SS, and not a utility guy.

I really wonder if the Yanks should just go with Nix as the utility IF and trade Nunez while Nunez’ value is high. Nix can play 2B, SS and 3B and some OF. He hit just .243-4-18 last yr., OPS+ 86 and is just .214 with an OPS+ of 75 in his career. He doesn’t have the speed of Nunez but is more sure-handed.

They have to find a way to utilize Nunez and his speed, or trade him.

Of course, once A-Rod returns from his hip surgery, it may be in the Yanks’ best interest to DH Alex (not to stress the hip) and keep Youkilis at 3B. By then, hopefully Jeter won’t need as many DH at bats and his ankle is fully recovered. Time will tell.

But there is now the question of power. Cano, Granderson and Teixeira (switch-hitter) provide pop, but you lost lefty power in Ibanez and Swisher. So what kind of lefty-hitting DH is there?

I can’t see it being Dickerson, 31 next year. The Yanks probably want someone more experienced. Dickerson has 518 MLB at bats, .266-11-47 with 27 SB. OPS+ 101. He probably deserves a shot somewhere but the Yanks already have three lefty-hitting OF. Outside of DH, he wouldn’t have a chance to play, not with the starting OF of Ichiro, Gardner and Granderson. He hit .316-7-25, 17 SB in 69 AAA games last year. I just can’t see a DH platoon of Dickerson/Nunez, although both would provide more athleticism and speed.

Two DH options out there with pop are two old guys. You know I’m not big on getting older.

One is Lance Berkman, who, as a switch-hitter, would be a good option. You don’t want two DH-only types on your team. If you can just have one, who switch-hits and can DH every day, that’s a good thing (think Chili Davis in 1999). Berkman is good friends with Andy Pettitte, and was with the Yanks in 2010.

However “Fat Elvis” didn’t exactly do that well his first time in the Bronx. the 1B/OF hit just .255-1-9 in 106 AB (37 games), OPS+ 90 in 2010. He did go 5 for 16, 1 HR, 4 RBI in the postseason that year for the Yanks.

Berkman did have a rebound season in 2011, winning a WS ring with St. Louis, hitting .301-31-94, OPS+ 164 and finishing 7th in the MVP voting. But last year he played in just 32 games, getting only 81 at bats, hitting .259-2-7, OPS+ 126.

If healthy, Berkman could be decent one-year option at age 37. His 162 g. average is .296-32-108, OPS+ 146. He has 360 career HR (two more than Yogi, one less than Joe D.) and that 162 g. average includes 104 walks. He has a good eye, and along with Youkilis, would give the Yanks some good at bats, lots of walks and help wear pitchers out. He is a 6x All-Star, and has finished in the top 10 in MVP voting six times.

But is he healthy? Is there anything left in his tank? We’ve seen the fading Berkman before he resurrected himself in 2011. Can he put up decent numbers again or was 2011 the last hurrah (FYI, Berkman’s 2011 WS was superb: 11 for 26).

The other option would be Jim Thome. Thome’s big body and lefty swing along with the short porch make you wonder what he could have done playing in Yankee Stadium his whole career. But Thome is 42, 43 next August. He’d strictly DH vs. righty pitching and while Berkman can probably still play a game at 1B or in a corner OF spot occasionally, Thome cannot play the field anymore. He’s played just nine games in the field since 2005.

While it would be interesting to see the first set of teammates wherein each teammate has over 600 HR (Alex 647, Thome 612), you wonder about the lumbering Thome.

He still had something left in 2012, hitting .252-8-25 in 163 at bats for the Phils and Baltimore. His OPS+ was 112. On a one-year deal, he might be ok. But he can’t play the field and hasn’t had 300 AB’s in a season since 2009.

His 162 g. average is .276-39-108, OPS+ 147 with 111 walks.

You wonder if Berkman or Thome on a one-year option would be a path the Yankees might take.

If so, I probably would prefer Berkman. Switch-hitter, can probably fill in in the field more.

You also wonder if Nunez could be trade bait, esp. if the Yanks could get some help for him. Besides Nix, maybe one of these two in-house minor leaguers could be a backup IF:

David Adams: 26 next May. His ankle injury made Seattle scrap the Cliff Lee to the Yankees deal a few years ago. Adams, 26 next May, hit .306-8-48 in 86 games at AA in 2012 but the 2b/3B (mostly 2b) hasn’t played a game above the AA level.

Corban Joseph is 24 and a lefty bat (unlike Adams, who bats righty). Joseph does have 84 games of AAA experience, .266-13-56. Nice numbers. He hit .276-15-62 in 107 games in 2012, AA/AAA. Like Adams, 2B/3B, mostly at 2B.

As for catcher, who knows. Cervelli, Stewart, Romine (24, and with just 21 games of AAA experience) and Bobby Wilson. Cervelli is the best hitter of the bunch, but probably the worst defender. Cervelli has 490 MLB at bats, .271-5-71, OPS+ 84. Romine is just 3 for 19 as a major leaguer, and as mentioned, just 21 AAA games. Stewart hit .241-1-13, OPS+ 67 in 141 at bats for the Yanks last year but is a .217 hitter with an OPS+ of 61 in 351 career at bats. Wilson hit .211-3-13, OPS+ 63 for the Angels in 2012 and is just a .208 career hitter in 389 at bats, OPS+ 67.

You wonder what catchers may be available. I also wonder if Nunez may be the trade bait to get that catcher.

The problem is, Nix then becomes your backup SS. Adams & Joseph have some nice minor league numbers, but neither has played SS.

Are you asking about Ramiro Pena? He signed with the Braves. Of course, Pena couldn’t hit…

I’m wondering what moves the Yanks will be making. They will need to make some… and soon.

Game 155. Yanks win drops magic # for clinching division to 6.

The Yanks won this afternoon, 8-2, and dropped their magic # for clinching the division to 6. Baltimore creamed Toronto 12-2 tonight so the Yanks’ lead remains at 1 1/2.

The Yanks’ magic # for making the playoffs as a wild card is 4.

CC Sabathia gave up a run in the second, but the Yankees exploded for six in the third.

After a groundout by Stewart, Dickerson, who started in LF, singled, and so did Ichiro. Jeter walked to load the bases (Yes, Ichiro led off with Derek second—a flip/flop). Cano doubled in two. Swisher, hitting cleanup (A-Rod had the day off), singled in a run. Granderson then tripled in two to make it 5-1. A WP put the Yanks up 6-1.

In the sixth, Dickerson hit his second HR of the year, a 2-run shot, to put the Yanks up 8-1.

CC gave up a run in the seventh, but otherwise cruised.

Sabathia (W, 14-6, 3.42) 8 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 10 K.

Eppley the 9th. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.45.

Brett Gardner got into a game as a defensive replacement—just his 10th game of the season, most of which he spent on the DL.

The Yanks now head to Toronto for four games.

 

Game 134. A-Rod back.

Alex Rodriguez rejoins the Yanks today. He’s had only two games of rehab, going 0 for 7 with 4 strikeouts. It reeks of desperation, but the only other games A-Rod could get in the minors would be playoff games for either SWB (AAA) or Trenton (AA). I don’t think he’s had enough time to get his groove back, and hope I’m wrong.

But the Yanks’ lead is down to 2 games over Baltimore and 3 1/2 over Tampa Bay. The Yanks start a three-game series at Tampa Bay and that house of horrors this afternoon, CC vs. Shields.

The Yanks are 76-57, three games behind Texas for the best in the A.L., but did you know that the A’s now have the same record as the Yankees? If the Yanks don’t start winning, they not only could be in third place before you know it, but not in any wild card position also.

The Yanks are one game better than their Pythagorean record and have an OPS+ and ERA+ of 110 each (100 is average).

Here’s today’s lineup. Alex back, Teix and Granderson still out.

BA/HR/RBI   SB/total attempts   OPS+

Jeter 6 .317-14-46  8/12  116    3265 career hits, 18 behind Mays.
Swisher 3 .271-20-77  2/5  123
Cano 4 .303-28-71  3/5  142
A-Rod DH .276-15-44  11/12   116    See below.
Chavez 5 .291-13-32  0/0  125
Ibanez 7 .232-15-52  3/3  94   See below.
Martin 2 .195-14-36  4/4  77
Ichiro 9 .266-7-42  19/24  85 (Sea/NYY; as NYY .281, OPS+ 93)
Dickerson 8 .1000-1-2  0/0  1156  SEE BELOW.

Sabathia LHP  13-4, 3.40  ERA+ 124.

CC is trying to become the first Yankee pitcher to 14 wins. Hughes failed yesterday.

Ibanez is 2 for his last 34. At 40, one reason I don’t want him back next year. (Andruw Jones is 5 for his last 45. Another one I don’t want back. It appears as if each has hit the wall.)

Despite missing the past five weeks, A-Rod still leads the team in SB with 11. 2872 hits, 644 HR (16 behind Mays).

Dickerson has just one at bat as a Yankee this year, 2-run HR.
.316-7-25  17/20 in 69 games at AAA.

Update: More stats. Since June 15th, Granderson has 14 HR but is hitting .212. Jeter is 4 for his last 28. Cano 15 for his last 70.

Game 133. Lead cut to two as Yanks lose 8-3.

Things are getting desperate. How desperate? It appears that A-Rod will be in the lineup tomorrow after only two rehab games in which he went 0 for 7 with four strikeouts.

How desperate? The Yanks’ lead is down to two. The next 10 games are on the road against the Rays (in that house of horrors), Orioles and Red Sox. After that, there are three games at home vs. the Rays.

The way the Yanks are going, at the end of that run, they could be in third place. Right now Tampa Bay is in third, and they are just 3 1/2 games behind the Yanks.

Phil Hughes started out well, pitching four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, and he took a 2-0 lead into the fifth thanks to a two-run HR by Chris Dickerson. The HR came on Dickerson’s first at bat as a Yankee this season. He had hit .318-7-25 in 69 games at AAA.

A HR by Mark Reynolds cut it to 2-1.

The Yanks got the run back in the bottom of the fifth on a walk to Dickerson, a sac bunt by Nix and a single by Swisher.

Then Hughes lost it so quickly Girardi couldn’t get a reliever in fast enough to save the game. Walk, single, single and ANOTHER HR by Reynolds and it was 5-3 Orioles.

Hughes (13-12, 4.18) went 5+, 5 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 6 K. As is his wont, he gave up 2 more HR.

The Yanks got nothing more offensively. After winning yesterday 4-3 on just four hits, they got just six hits today. Martin ended the 6th with a GIDP. Jeter did the same in the 7th.

Randy Wolf, just DFA’d by Milwaukee, pitched great in relief for the O’s.

Then, down 5-3, it was as if Girardi waved the white flag with the relievers he brought in.

Eppley went 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. ERA 3.35. No beef there.

Rapada 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. ERA 2.88. No beef there.

Then Joba. WHY, WHY, WHY???? As I’ve written before, it is time to cut the cord on Joba for 2012. It’s apparent that he isn’t back yet. He’s shown nothing since the Yanks put him back on the team. Accept that he isn’t ready, send him home and tell him to prepare for 2013.

1/3 IP. 2 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 k. ERA 10.57. The one out? A drive that Dickerson robbed of a potential HR.

Justin Thomas came in. His first game with the Yanks. A September callup. 1/3 IP. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. Nice. He had pitched in seven games earlier this season for Boston. ERA 7.20.

Then Girardi goes to Derek Lowe. Outside of the first game he pitched with the Yankees, Lowe has shown NOTHING. Send him home with Joba. Really.

Lowe faced two batters and gave up a single and walk.

0 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk, 0 K. ERA (Cle/NYY) of 5.54.

Seriously. Send Joba and Lowe home.

Logan faced one batter and he gave up a single.

0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walk, 0 K. 3.72.

Cory Wade, just brought back up from AAA, finished up.

1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 6.17.

Ibanez’ 0 for 4 drops him to .232. Martin (.195) was 0 for 2 with 2 walks. Jones’ is down to .201.

Some guys I don’t want back next year: Ichiro (even though I like him), Ibanez and Jones. This looks like an old team running out of gas. Those three, 39, 40 and 35 aren’t going to help next year. They’ll already have Jeter (39 next June) and A-Rod (38 next July).

…and I’m not even going to mention age on some pitchers.

Right now it appears the Yanks can use a life jacket. For they are sinking.

It’s not too late to right the ship, but it doesn’t look good. Rushing back Alex reeks of desperation.

Yesterday in the minors.

AAA: SWB inched even closer to the division title with a 6-4 win. John Maine two unearned runs in 6 IP (7-5, 5.45). 2B Corban Joseph 3 h, 2 doubles, HR, 3 RBI (.271-13-54). LF Chris Dickerson 4 hits (.325). 2 hits each for SS Eduardo Nunez and just-off-the-DL DH Ronnier Mustelier. SWB’s magic # is 3.

AA: 6-1 win for Trenton. Mikey O’Brien 6 2/3 scoreless IP (5-6, 4.30), just one hit. 1B Luke Murton 3 h, double, triple, 2 RBI (.253, 67 RBI).  2 hits, RBI for both C J.R. Murphy and 3b Dave Adams (.314). Trenton is up 5 with 12 to go as far as being division champ.

High A: Tampa split a DH.

Game 1: 11-5 win. Pedro Feliciano moved up to Tampa, but was roughed up in his inning of work. 1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 walks and 1 K. Jose Ramirez 5 IP, 2 unearned runs for the win (7-6, 3.30). LF Ramon Flores 2 H, HR, 3 RBI. 2 H, 2 RBI RF Tyler Austin, C Gary Sanchez and 3B Zach Wilson.

Game 2: 4-3 loss. Nik Turley, who STARTED GM. 1 (1 r in 1 IP), then gave way for Feliciano’s inning of rehab, started Gm. 2. 4 R in 6 2/3. (8-5, 3.05). Flores, in CF this game, had 2 hits. DH Slade Heathcott 2 hits, RF Austin 2 RBI.

Low A: 3-2 win for Charleston. 2B Ali Castillo with 2 h, HR, 2 RBI.