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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 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 7 lineup. Home opener.

Hiroki Kuroda starts for the Yanks as they have their home opener this afternoon. With Teix out, I wonder if this it what you will see until he comes back? Ellsbury at 3?

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Gardner 7
Jeter 6
Ellsbury 8
Beltran 9
McCann 2
Soriano DH
Roberts 4
Johnson 3
Solarte 5.

Kuroda 1

The Yanks lead the AL in SB. They are a perfect 8 for 8.

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 31. Kuroda and Tanaka dominating in Yanks’ 3-0 win.

Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka were dominating Friday night in the Yanks’ 3-0 win.

Kuroda pitched the first three innings, giving up three hits and striking out four. Tanaka went the last six, giving up three hits and striking out ten.

Neither walked a batter.

Not to put a wet blanket over a nice win, but one not so good part about the win was the lack of offense by the Yankees. Miami no-hit the Yanks in Panama a few weeks ago and almost did it again. The Yanks got just three hits in the game, and none until the bottom of the eighth.

Derek Jeter’s S.T. batting average is .137. Mark Teixeira’s is .086. Both missed almost all of last season and both are coming off major injuries. You wonder…. and there isn’t much time to turn it around. The regular season starts Tuesday.

The pitching looks great. The offense has to wake up, and soon.

Meanwhile, except for one position, the team is set. Barring a last-minute trade or injury, here it is. Brendan Ryan will begin the year on the DL.

C-  McCann and Cervelli (Romine and Murphy at AAA, Sanchez at AA).

INF-Teix, Roberts, Jeter, Johnson, Dean Anna (filling in for Ryan). The last position is up for grabs between Nunez (who does have one option left) and Yangervis Solarte. But to make room for Solarte, the Yanks would need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. So it looks like Nunez, but it isn’t official yet.

OF-Gardner, Ellsbury, Beltran, Soriano (who’ll mostly DH) and Ichiro.

SP-CC, Kuroda, Nova, Tanaka and Pineda.

RP-Phelps, Warren, Nuno (all three of whom can give long relief and spot start), Kelley, Betances, Thornton and Robertson.


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.


S.T. Game 10. Kuroda, Pineda impressive in Yanks win.

Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda were impressive, and Carlos Beltran hit a 2-run HR, but the Yanks winning run in tonight’s game vs. the Tigers scored on a balk. The Yanks won 3-2.

Kuroda pitched 2 2/3, giving up no runs and striking out five.  He gave up one hit and one walk. Shawn Kelley got the last out in the third, then David Robertson pitched a scoreless fourth, striking out one.

Pineda then came in and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four.

The Yanks had a 2-0 lead at that point because of Beltran’s 2-run HR in the third.

Matt Thornton then gave up two runs in the seventh. Preston Claiborne pitched a scoreless eighth and Jim Miller a scoreless ninth. In the bottom of the ninth, Zellous Wheeler singled and Francisco Cervelli singled him to third. Tiger pitcher Luis Marte then balked away the game.

Derek Jeter was 2 for 2 with a walk.

Also today, the Yankees announced that Yogi Berra’s wife Carmen passed away at the age of 85.

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.   






St. Game 4. CC, Kuroda and Tanaka help Yanks shut out Phils, 4-0.

They’ll be split up shortly, but CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Masahiro Tanaka each pitched two scoreless innings as the Yanks shut out the Phils 4-0 on Saturday to even their spring training record at 2-2.

I was doing my nephew’s taxes and gave him 3 conditions to do so: 1) he had to buy me a pepperoni and sausage pizza (of which I gave pieces to his schnoodle, who loved the pep and sausage. I have a friend for life!) 2) A couple of cans of beer and 3) he had to put on the MLB channel so that I could see Tanaka’s debut. It was impressive. ‘

Besides the “Big 3″, Dellin Betances (1 2/3) and Cesar Cabral (1 1/3) completed the shutout.

Ichiro had one rbi and Cervelli another. Minor league OF Adonis Garcia drove in two runs and minor league infielder Dean Anna made a nice play.

Brian McCann doubled and walked twice.

Cashman pessimistic on retaining Cano?

Brian Cashman, in this NY post article


sounds pessimistic on the Yanks retaining Cano. Personally, if Cano refuses to budge from 9 yr. $250-$260MM (some $28-29MM/yr. to take him to age 39), let him go and go after Omar Infante or deal for Brandon Phillips. The Yanks offer of something like 7 yrs., $168 MM ($24 MM/yr to take him to age 37) is more than fair. There are other holes to fill and you can’t put all your eggs in Cano’s basket. Say he gets hurt? What then?

The Post also reports that the Yanks have offered Kuroda a one year deal to return. Kuroda was 11-13, 3.32 last year but is 39 and faded badly down the stretch. Still, the Yanks need him back, what with Pettitte retiring and Hughes going to Minnesota.

Another report is that A-Rod used the term “food” when texting or discussing PEDs with Biogenesis. It’s reported that the Yanks could be looking at bringing Eric Chavez back to play 3B if A-Rod’s suspension is upheld. Chavez played for the Yanks in 2011 and 2012 and his lefty bat translates to Yankee Stadium well, but he’ll be 36 soon and only once (2012 with the Yanks) has he played 100 games in a season since 2006. He’s too fragile in my opinion to be the regular, or possibly even a platoon 3B. Bring back Mark Reynolds, strikeouts and all. Reynolds enjoyed his brief time in NY late last year, can play 3b and has power. His low average and K’s are a problem, but you need someone who will be healthy, which you probably won’t get with Chavez.