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Game 21. Pineda ejected, Yanks lose 5-1.

The Yanks’ bats were stymied by John Lackey tonight as the Yanks lost to Boston 5-1, but the story of the game was the stupidity of Michael Pineda.

A few weeks ago, cameras caught pine tar on Pineda’s hand. MLB didn’t do anything, but it was basically a warning to Pineda. Don’t do it again.

So tonight, against the SAME TEAM (what, he didn’t think they’d be watching his every move after what happened the last time they met?), he has pine tar on his neck and gets ejected in the second inning.

STUPID.

It’s like speeding past a cop, getting a warning, then speeding on the same street in front of the same cop two weeks later.

Pineda, who was pitching great this year (now we know why), has a long way to go to redeem himself in my eyes, now.

STUPID.

When the Yanks traded for him, he showed up in spring training in 2012 overweight, tried too hard to force velocity and blew out his shoulder.

STUPID.

He missed all of 2012 and 2013. It looked like he was coming back nicely. Maybe not with the same velocity, but he was pitching well. Now we know why.

STUPID.

He faces a possible 10-game suspension—-just at the time when the Yanks lost a rotation member in Ivan Nova, who most likely faces Tommy John surgery (he’s getting a second opinion). Great. Miss two starts while your rotation is already down a member.

Did I mention Pineda is STUPID?

You can’t fix STUPID. Too bad Pineda is 6’7″. You’ll need a stool to stand on to deliver to Pineda what he needs….

a good, swift kick in the ass.   

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.

 

Yanks ppd.

The Yanks and Cubs will play a day/night dH tomorrow (2 separate admissions) after they were rained out today in the Bronx. Game 1 at 1 p.m. with Tanaka on the mound for the Yanks, and Game 2 at 7 w/Pineda.

Don’t expect Cervelli for 2 months at least. 60-day DL. Murphy up. P Shane Greene down and 3B Scott Sizemore up.

Some trivia: The Yanks and Cubs have played just 7 games in the Bronx that count. The Yanks have won them all. 2 games in the 1932 WS, 2 in 1938 and a 3-game sweep by the Yanks in 2005 interleague action.

Derek Jeter has just one grand slam in his career. It came against the Cubs, at Yankee Stadium, in 2005.

Hal says no infield moves forthcoming. No Drew or Morales. I’m a bit concerned about that b/c there is no true 1b behind Teix.

Game 10. Yanks beat Boston 4-1

Dean Anna hit his first MLB HR tonight and Michael Pineda pitched great for 6+ as the Yanks beat Boston tonight 4-1. There supposedly was a substance (pine tar?) on Pineda’s hand as he pitched tonight. Controversy?

Pineda 6+. 1 R, 4 H, 2 w, 7 K.

Cabral 2 outs and 2 K.

Phelps 2 1/3, o R, 0 H & 3k. Overall, 1 R, 4 h and 12 K for Yankees pitchers tonight.

Two hits for Jeter tonight.  3325

Minors report tomorrow.

Game 5. Yanks offense still missing in 4-0 loss.

Michael Pineda pitched well, David Phelps didn’t and the Yanks’ offense was non-existent again in a 4-0 loss to Toronto today.

Pineda went 6, 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 5 k. Except for CC’s first two innings in the opener, the starters have done well the first time through.

Vidal Nuno faced one batter and walked him. Phelps came in and got through the seventh, but gave up two HR (3 for the season already) and let the game get away. Phelps 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 0 walks and 3 K.

Ellsbury had 3 hits, Cervelli 2 and Solarte 2, but the Yanks were 1 for 11 with RISP.

The Yanks are still looking for their first HR of the season. Soriano is now 0 for 16.

Heard some Nunez (who has been DFA’d) for Ike Davis (who the Mets want to trade) talk. I’m still surprised that Stephen Drew is out there. Shouldn’t the Mets go for him over Nunez? …. and as for the Yanks, if Teix is out long-term, wouldn’t Kendrys Morales (free agent and still out there) be a better option than Ike Davis?

Game 5 lineup and notes.

Today’s lineup:

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Derek Jeter SS
Carlos Beltran RF
Brian McCann DH
Alfonso Soriano LF
Kelly Johnson 1B
Francisco Cervelli C
Yangervis Solarte 3B
Dean Anna 2B

Michael Pineda RHP

Teix DL’d. Romine brought up.

I don’t give detailed stats this early into the season. Not until we have a lot.

The Yanks are still looking to hit their first HR of the season. Jeter is one hit away from tying Paul Molitor for 8th place all-time.  Meanwhile, Dean Anna got his first hit last night and Soriano is 0 for 12 so far this year. The Yanks are 5 for 5 in SB so far, three by Ellsbury.

This will be Pineda’s first regular season start as a Yankee.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

S.T. Game 15. One split squad wins today….

The Yanks split up the squad today. In the home game vs. the Orioles, the Yanks won 6-0.  Michael Pineda threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up 0 r on 3 hits and striking out five, but had to be pulled because his pitch count reached 48 pitches.

David Robertson got one out—via a K.

Matt Thornton got one out and gave up a hit. Bruce Billings went 2 2/3, striking out three. He is getting a good look the spring and even though he may be sent to AAA, could be a mid-season call-up.

Chris LeRoux pitched two scoreless and Cesar Cabral one in completing the shutout.

Brett Gardner got 2 hits and an RBI. Carlos Beltran and Alfonso Soriano each had an RBI.

Zoilo Almonte had 2 hits.