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Game 19. Yanks win in 12, 5-1.

Vidal Nuno got an emergency start because of the rainout and DH this week, and with Ivan Nova’s injury and Nuno’s own performance today, may stay in the rotation. We’ll see.

But no one can argue with his 5 IP, 0 R, 3 h, 2 walk and 6 k performance.

Brett Gardner drove in a run in the fourth with a double, but Tampa Bay tied it in the seventh on an unearned run. The teams battled into the twelfth.

Dean Anna drew a 2-out bases-loaded walk to break the tie, and the singles by Carlos Beltran (for 2 runs) and Alfonso Soriano (for one) gave the Yanks a 5-1 victory.

David Phelps threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, Matt Thornton faced two batters and gave up the unearned run. Adam Warren went  1 2/3 scoreless, and Shawn Kelley and Preston Claiborne, who got the win, went 2 scoreless each.

The Yanks are off Monday, and face Boston Tue-Thurs. up in Fenway.  The Yanks are now 11-8.

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 9. Yanks lose 5-4. When the hell will Girardi call for a squeeze?

I like Girardi as a manager. There is one fault he has. Torre had the same fault.

When the hell will he ever call for a squeeze play? I am livid with Girardi about this.

Bottom of the 8th. Tie game. One of the fastest runners in the game on third with one out in Gardner. One of the fastest runners in the game at the plate in Ellsbury. Hell, not only can Ellsbury get the go-ahead run in with a well-executed squeeze bunt, he may even beat it out. 

I can’t remember the last time the Yankees squeezed a run home. 15 years ago? 20? The point is, you have to get the run in any way you can. Bottom of 8th. Tie game. Fast guy on base, fast guy at the plate. No attempt at a squeeze play. No small ball. Ellsbury pops up. Beltran is intentionally walked, and McCann, who has done nothing so far this year, flies out.

You can’t sit and wait for 3-run home runs all the time. You have to make things happen. Billy Martin would call for a squeeze. He must be spinning in his grave right now. No one plays BillyBall anymore.

Masahiro Tanaka had a strong outing. He did give up a 3-run Hr in the second to put the Yanks down 3-0. But he went 7, 3 R,  7 H, 1 walk and 10 K. He set a Yankees record for most K in his first two starts (18), beating out El Duque (16) and Al Leiter (15).

The Yanks got HR from Beltran (1) and Kelly Johnson (2) in the second to cut it to 3-2. A double by Beltran (3 hits tonight) and a couple of get him over and get him in outs tied the game in the fourth.

Matt Thornton got an out in the eighth, and Adam Warren two outs. Shawn Kelley gave up the two in the ninth to lose the game.

Maybe Kelley would have spit the bit anyway. But wouldn’t it have been better to give him a little bit of a cushion? And to do that, use ALL your weapons, which sometimes may be the squeeze play.

Game 6. Yanks get first HR of 2014 in 6-4 win.

Brett Gardner, of all people, got the Yanks off the HR schneid with a 2-run blast as the Yanks hung on to beat Toronto 6-4 on Sunday afternoon.

The Yanks had gone five games without a HR before Gardner hit their first HR of the season to put them up 6-1. They needed that HR.

The Yanks broke out with three in the first when Gardner walked, stole second (the Yanks haven’t been caught stealing this year yet, and had three steals today) moved to third on a groundout by Jeter, and scored on an Ellsbury groundout. After a walk to McCann and a HBP to Soriano, Kelly Johnson doubled home two runs.

CC gave a run back right away on a leadoff HR by Melky.

The Yanks got three in the fourth on a walk to Roberts, who stole second. Solarte doubled him home and Gardner homered to put the Yanks up 6-1.

Derek Jeter had two hits in the game to move him to 3320 for his career. The two hits passed Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list and puts Jeter #8 all-time. Next up are Carl Yastrzemski at 3419 and Honus Wagner at 3430. Jeter should end his career #6, behind Rose, Cobb, Aaron, Musial and Speaker.

CC gave up 3 runs in the sixth. He went 6, 4 R,  7 H, 0 walks and 6 K. (1-1, 7.50). He has given up 10 R in 12 IP this season so far.

Adam Warren a 1-2-3 seventh. Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th,  giving up a two-out triple.

Robertson Save #2 in the 9th. With one out, he gave up a hit and a walk but got out of it.

Gardner the HR and 2 RBI. Jeter 2 hits. Johnson 2 RBI.

Soriano finally got a hit and is now 1 for 19.

 

 

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?

 

Yankees rained out. Team set. Nunez sent down.

The Yanks were  rained out today, and end spring training at 17-12-2.

The team is now set to begin the season. Eduardo Nunez has been sent down to AAA and Yangervis Solarte has made the team.

C-McCann and Cervelli

INF-Teixeira, Roberts, Jeter, Johnson, Anna, Solarte

OF-Gardner, Soriano (mostly DH), Ellsbury, Beltran, Ichiro

SP-CC, Kuroda, Nova, Tanaka, Pineda

RP-Phelps, Warren, Nuno, Betances, Kelley, Thornton, Robertson

Lineup looks like Ellsbury, Jeter, Beltran, McCann, Teixeira, Soriano, Gardner, Roberts and Johnson.

The surprise is Gardner seventh. You think he would be 9th to give the Yanks him and Ellsbury back-to-back speed on the basepaths when the lineup turns over.

But according to Jack Curry of YES:

On Gardner batting 7th, not 9th: He had 51 extra base hits last yr so smart to get him to plate sooner, even if its only few extra at bats.

Also,

Yankeesource@YankeeSource 20m

Gardner in 110 career PA in the 7th spot in lineup has hit .337/.417/.467

Masahiro Tanaka won the James P. Dawson award as the best rookie in camp.

 

S.T. Game 28. Yanks offense disappoints in 6-0 loss.

The Yanks lost tonight, 6-0 to the Phils.

Earlier today, it was announced that Michael Pineda won the #5 starter job.

As for the game, it isn’t the 6 that bothers me as much as the zero.

Adam Warren, who will most likely split long relief duties with David Phelps, started, pitched one inning, and gave up no runs. He did walk two.

Phelps pitched an inning and gave up an unearned run, via TWO errors by Kelly Johnson at 3B. This will be a concern. One scout rated the Yanks’ infield defense & their range as the WORST in the majors this year.

Vidal Nuno, who otherwise had a very good spring training, gave up b2b hrs to Howard and Byrd in the third. This, combined with the HR to Bautista he gave up earlier this spring, hurts him. Granted his spring ERA is 3.86, not bad, but the runs are are solo HR (Bautista, Howard and Byrd).

David Robertson and Matt Thornton each pitched a scoreless inning. Shane Greene gave up 2 R in 1 IP. After Shawn Kelley and David Herndon each pitched a scoreless inning. Matt Daley gave up a run in the 9th.

The biggest disappointment tonight was with the Yankees’ bats. Outside of Ellsbury, this was the Yanks’ A-team lineup out there tonight and they did nothing—-and hey, the sub for Ellsbury was Ichiro. No excuses. They scored NADA and against pitchers not exactly A caliber level.

Brett Gardner was 3 f0r 3. After that, nothing. Jeter was  1 for 3 on a blooper but is still at just .128 this spring. Teix (who my buddy, Josh the Yankee Truth is down upon) went 0 for 4, three strikeouts, and is at .100 this spring. Teix was in the cleanup spot tonight. I hope Girardi does not keep him there. He looked awful. Now Teix never has been a good spring player, but he has looked awful.

Cleanup, really ???

 

 

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 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.