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Games 11 and 12. Yanks lose Friday, bomb 5 HR in win Sat.

Sorry about no Friday post for Game 11, but I had to work 1/2 a day Saturday and worked a 1/2 hour OT on Friday, meaning I got out of work at 8:30 PM, got back in town about 9:10 and had a 9-1 shift on Saturday. Quick turnaround that gave me little time to write about Friday’s action.

As such, I will skip the Friday minor league action and just briefly recap the Yankees game. CC was fine for a while, and had a 1-0 lead going into the sixth, courtesy of Soriano’s 2nd HR of the year (#408 career, passing Duke Snider).  But in the sixth, CC gave up 2 HR, one a solo shot, the other a three-run dinger and the Yanks wound up losing 4-2. CC has given up 5 HR in his 3 games so far.

He is 1-2,  6.63 after 3 starts. It’s early, but I don’t think he is an ace anymore. Since 2012, he is 15-15, 4.93. He has to regain ace status in my eyes. Right now to me he is a 4, because I would take Tanaka, Pineda and Kuroda over him. Maybe even Nova. $23 MM for a #4? Now some may disagree, but this far into the season, CC has given up more hits and runs than any pitcher in the AL, and the most HR in the majors. I hope he proves me wrong by winning 10 of his next 13 decisions or so, but I don’t think that is happening. Meanwhile the Yanks’ offense didn’t do much either.

Saturday was better as the BOMBERS were back. 5 HR in a 7-4 win. Brian McCann finally came alive with 2 HR, Soriano hit one (#409), Beltran got one (#360, one behind Joe D. now) and Kelly Johnson had one.

Hiroki Kuroda was strong for 6 before tiring in the 7th. 6 1/3, 4 R. 2-1, 3.86.

I won’t go into much detail on the relief for each game. Suffice it to say the relief was great. No runs.

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 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 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?

 

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 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 11. Nova, Banuelos shaky in Yanks’ 9-6 win.

Ivan Nova pitched four innings, giving up 3 R on 8 H while striking out five in the Yankees’ 9-6 spring training win today.

Manny Banuelos pitched for the first time in a long time since his Tommy John surgery late in 2012. He had a rough outing, giving up a double, walk and 3-run HR before getting 2 outs. 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 1 walk and 1 K.

Chase Whitley faced one batter and got the K. Cesar Cabral, Dave Herndon, Fred Lewis and Chris LeRoux each pitched a scoreless inning.

Kelly Johnson hit a 2-run HR for the Yanks. Yangervis Solarte stayed hot, going 1 for 2. Austin Romine and Dean Anna each went 2 for 2. Mason Williams drove in 2 runs.

The Yanks’ spring record goes to 7-4.

 

 

 

S.T. Game 9. Yanks edge Phils, 4-3. Another good outing for Tanaka.

Masahiro Tanaka went 3 IP, 1 R on 2 H as the Yanks edged the Phils 4-3 in spring training today. Tanaka pitched 2 2/3 scoreless before giving up a HR to the Phils’ Freddy Galvis. In 3 IP, Tanaka gave up 1 R on 2 H.

So far, Tanaka has given up 1 R on 4 H in 5 IP.

Derek Jeter got two hits today. He went into today’s game 0 for 9 with 3 GIDP.

The Yanks are now 5-4 this spring.

Ramon Flores had a solo HR and a SF. Adonis Garcia had an RBI, as did Jose Pirela.

Bruce Billings gave up 2 R (both HR) in two innings.  Chris LeRoux, Dan Burawa, Fred Lewis (1 1/3) and Mark Montgomery combined for four innings of scoreless ball.

After starting S.T. 0 for 10 with 3 GIDP, Derek Jeter got two hits, one a double.

Mark Teixeira and Alfonso Soriano got their first spring action, each going 0 for 3. Soriano’s were all strikeouts.

Yangervis Solarte kept up his amazing spring training, going 1 for 1 with a walk. He is now 9 for 13 this spring.

Kelly Johnson had two hits.  

Kuroda starts tomorrow, scheduled for 3 and Pineda is scheduled to throw 3 innings of relief.   

 

 

 

 

  

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.