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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.

Games 14 and 15. Yanks sweep DH, win both by shutout.

Game 1: Masahiro Tanaka was brilliant. 8 IP, 2 H (both bunts), 1 walk, 10 K. Carlos Beltran hit HR #4 (362 career, passing Joe D. ). Shawn Kelley 4th save (2.45). 3-0 Yanks’ win. 3-hit shutout. Tanaka 2-0, 2.05, 28 K 2 walks in his first 3 starts.

Game 2:  Michael Pineda went 6 (2-1, 1.00)  David Phelps 1 1/3, Matt Thornton 2/3 and Adam Warren 1/3 in the Yanks’ 2-0 win. Scott Sizemore 2 h, rbi.

The last time the Yanks won both games of a DH by shutout was April 19, 1987 when they did it against KC.

 

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 7. Yanks win home opener, 4-2. D-Rob to DL

Outside of CC, the Yanks’ starting pitching so far this season has been superb, and today was no exception, as Hiroki Kuroda evened his record at 1-1 in the Yanks’ 4-2 win over Baltimore today in their home opener.

Kuroda went 6 1/3, 2 R, 8 H, 0 walks and 4 K and his ERA after two starts is 2.57.

Matt Thornton 1/3, David Phelps 1/3, Adam Warren 1 and Shawn Kelley 1 (save) finished up with scoreless and hitless relief.

So far this year, the Yanks’ pitchers are throwing strikes. Just one walk today (Warren) and 15 in 7 games.

The Yanks got a run in the third when Solarte walked, went to third on Gardner’s single and scored when Jeter GIDP.

After the Orioles tied it in the top of the fourth, Solarte’s two-out single gave the Yanks a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. ‘

In the fifth, Jeter doubled (hit #3321) and Ellsbury drove him in with a single. l was CS (the Yanks first this year) but after Beltran singled and McCann flied out, Soriano singled, then Roberts and Johnson walked. Johnson’s bases-loaded walk made it 4-1.

Baltimore got a run in the seventh to cut it to 4-2 but that was it as the Yanks improved to 4-3.

Ellsbury was 2 for 4 with an RBI.  Soriano looks to be coming out of his funk with two hits today.

After the game, it was announced that David Robertson will join Teix on the 15-day DL. With D-Rob, it is a groin strain.

 

 

 

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 3. Scrubs lead Yanks to 4-2 win. Torch passed.

Joe Girardi put out a different lineup vs. a lefty pitcher tonight. He sat Ellsbury, McCann and Kelly Johnson. He played Soriano in LF (didn’t help. Sori is now 0 for 11). He DH’d Beltran and put Ichiro in RF, Cervelli C and Solarte at 3B.

Ichiro and Solarte helped the Yanks to a 4-2 win tonight over Houston.

Ivan Nova struggled but got the win. He gave up a run in the first, but it easily could have been more. He went 5 2/3, 2 R, 6 H, 5 walks and 1 K. Not pretty, but a win.

Adam Warren was an unsung hero tonight. Great job. Four batters, four outs. 1 1/3, 2 K.

Shawn Kelley a scoreless 8th. 2 K.

Then…. the torch officially got passed. No more Mo for the 9th. Robertson pitched a scoreless 9th & got the save.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season.

Derek Jeter got hit #3318 tonight. He is now one behind Paul Molitor on the all-time list.

Five of the Yanks’ seven hits tonight came from bench players. The 40-year-old Ichiro got two hits and scored three runs.

Yangervis Solarte, who stole Nunez’ job away from him, got his first three MLB hits in his second MLB game.

It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of Nunez, who was DFA’d by the Yanks when they decided to keep Solarte over Nunez.

Meanwhile, Opening Day at the Stadium on Monday will see a tribute to the “core four.” Pettitte and Rivera will be throwing out the first pitch(es) to Posada & Jeter.

Game 2. Where’s the beef? Yanks lose 3-1.

Two games against the Astros, who have been the worst team in baseball the last few years. Two games and the Yanks have scored three runs. Not only that, the offense wasn’t that good in spring training.

Last year’s offense stunk. That is why the Yanks went out and got Beltran, Ellsbury and McCann and were hoping for the return of Jeter and Teixeira to close to their former status. It’s early, just two games into the regular season, but results so far, and with spring training, have been disappointing.

Frankly, if this continues, I want hitting coach Kevin Long fired. Not just for this year, but for previous years. For this team hasn’t done well situational hitting for a long time. It’s one thing to hit HR. It’s another to consistently drive in guys from third with less than two out, and the Yanks haven’t been good at that the last few years.

When a guy is on third with less than two out, how about not swinging for the goddamn fence and instead, choke up on the bat two inches and make sure you make contact to drive the run in instead of striking out? Give me a sac fly or an RBI groundout. Pennants are won by getting in runs when you have a guy on third with less than two out. Screw going for the fences. Give me contact and get that run in. Situational hitting. Let me say this—the best team I ever saw was the 1998 114-48 Yankees. Who led the team in HR that year? Tino with 28. 28. Not 38. Not 48. 28. Situational hitting. I am tired of seeing players swing for the fences with a guy on third and less than two out. Concentrate on getting the run in.

In another game I watched tonight, one batter came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th. Tie game. Walk wins the game. The previous batter walked on four pitches. So what does dummy do? He swings at the first pitch instead of taking a strike. Really? Excuse me, can we get some BRAINS back into baseball?

Kuroda started for the Yankees tonight and gave up a meatball to the first batter. HR. Down 1-0 already.

Kuroda didn’t do badly. 6 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 walk and 5 K. One was a HR and another a triple. Two runs, but enough given up for a lineup doing nothing. That should have been good enough to beat Houston.

Phelps went 1 1/3 and gave up a HR himself.  Thornton and Kelley each gave up an out.

McCann was 2 for 4, Roberts 3 for 4. Other than that, nothing.

Teix was 0 for 4 with 3 K. Soriano 0 for 4 with 2 K. Sori has been awful so far in the first two games.

Yangervis Solarte made his MLB debut tonight.

The Yanks were 0 for 10 with RISP tonight.

 

 

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 25. Yanks shut out Pirates, 4-0.

It’s only spring training, but I am very encouraged by the pitching so far, and hope it continues into the regular season.

CC Sabathia tossed seven shutout innings as the Yanks beat Pittsburgh, 4-0. He gave up 4 hits, 1 walk and struck out 7.

Matt Thornton (2/3), Shawn Kelley (1/3) and David Robertson (1) finished the shutout.

It looks like Brendan Ryan will start the season on the DL, which will open a spot for either Dean Anna or Yangervis Solarte to make their MLB debut.