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The Minors today.

AAA: SWB lost 7-6. Chase Whitley 2 R in 3 IP, David Herndon 3 R in 2 IP, and Jim Miller 2 runs in 2 IP. Red-hot 3b Scott Sizemore with 2 h and 2 rbi. C John Ryan Murphy 2 doubles and 2 RBI.

Earlier today, the Yanks called up Shane Greene and sent down Austin Romine.

AA: Trenton lost 9-2. Bryan Mitchell 4 r in 4 ip. C Gary Sanchez 2 h and 2 RBI.

High A: Tampa won 5-3. Dietrich Enns 1 R in 5 IP. 3b Eric Jagiello 3 h, double, hr, and 3 rbi. C Pete O’Brien 2 doubles.

Low A: Charleston lost 6-3. Rookie Davis 3 R in 5 ip. 1B Mike Ford HR, 2 rbi.

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.



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 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 5. 3 Yanks HR equate to 8-2 win.

Eduardo Nunez and Carlos Beltran went back-to-back, and John Ryan Murphy had a 3-run HR in the Yanks 8-2 win over Toronto in spring training action today.

Starter Vidal Nuno went two innings, giving up 1 run (a HR by Jose Bautista) on 2 hits while striking out three.

Dean Anna, 27, tied it up with a hit in the second before Nunez (2-run HR) and Beltran went back-to-back in the third.

Bryan Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out three.

Shane Greene gave up 1 run in his two innings of work.

Bruce Billings, Fred Lewis and Matt Daley each pitched a scoreless inning.

Yangervis Solarte went 2 for 2 and is now 6 for 7 for the spring. He turns 27 in July and has mostly played 2b and 3b in his minor league career. He has never played in the majors but has had three consecutive good years with the Twins AA and the Rangers’ AAA teams. He is opening eyes. Right now, Brian Roberts is still pegged as the Yanks’ 2B, but Roberts is  36 and has played in just 192 games since 2009. If Solarte (who has 2 HR) continues to impress, will they put the switch-hitter at 2B in place of the switch-hitting Roberts?

Hey, the Yanks have to get younger somewhere. Why not give him (or Anna) a shot if they continue to impress?

Just b/c SD, Min or Texas didn’t give them shot doesn’t mean they don’t deserve one. Click on their hyperlinks. Solarte and Anna did well in the minors and never got a shot at the majors.  Click on the hyperlinks for their stats.

Adonis Garcia went 3 for 4, top catching prospect Gary Sanchez had a hit and catcher Austin Romine threw out Jose Reyes trying to steal.

Yankees upgrade at catcher, sign McCann

Sorry I’ve been away. My computer died and I had to get a new one. I’m still trying to figure the new one out (new operating system, etc.)

Last year’s catchers were terrible offensively. Cervelli (before he got hurt), Stewart, Romine and Murphy—the latter two just rookies—combined to hit just .213 with 8 HR.

That has changed. The Yankees signed former Brave Brian McCann to a five-year deal worth $85MM, with an option for a sixth year which could take the deal to $100MM.

McCann turns 30 in February. He is a 7x All-Star and 5x Silver Slugger. Since becoming a full-timer in 2006, his average line since then is .277-21-80, which is Posada-like numbers. OPS+118. He is a middle of the order threat.

Compare this to Stewart’s .211-4-25, OPS+ 57 of last year, or the rookie Romine’s .207-1-10, OPS+ 51.

The next question is what this deal will mean for Cervelli, Stewart, Romine, Murphy or even Sanchez. I’d dump Cervelli (50 game suspension last year as well as the injuries) and Stewart (good defense but can’t hit a lick), and decide on which of the prospects to keep. Since McCann is signed for five years (and with a no-trade clause), you may see two of the prospects dealt. After all, the Yanks have to fill holes elsewhere as well, and using the prospects in a trade–especially when they are blocked by McCann right now—makes sense.

Game 137. “Huff” and Puff! Yanks blow away White Sox, 9-1.

Phil Hughes only lasted 1 1/3 innings, but it wasn’t because he was knocked out early again.

It was the weather that did it. A rain delay forced Hughes to leave.

David Huff came in and was great, going 5 2/3, giving up 1 R, 5 H, 0 walks and 3 K in going to 2-0, 3.32.

Hughes had gone 1 1/3, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K, 4.86.

The Yanks got a run in the first on a double by Gardner and a single by Jeter (3312). Jeter’s single broke an 0 for 14 skid.

The Yanks broke it open in the fourth when they scored eight runs. A-Rod doubled. Wells got an infield single and Granderson walked to load the bases. Reynolds got an infield single to make it 2-0, and Romine singled in two. 4-0. Gardner got yet another double, 5-0. Jeter got an infield single, (hit 3313, two behind Eddie Collins, six behind Paul Molitor), 6-0. After Cano popped up, Soriano doubled one in to make it 7-0. A-Rod walked to load the bases, and an error by Adam Dunn enabled two runs to score. 9-0.

Chicago’s Paul Konerko hit a HR for the White Sox in the seventh to make it 9-1. It was Konerko’s 432nd HR, passing Cal Ripken, Jr. on the all-time list.

Cesar Cabral made his MLB debut, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 0.00.

J.R. Murphy singled in his first MLB at bat.

Adam Warren finished up. 1 IP, 0 R, 0 h, 1 walk and 0 K. 3.66.

Game 126. Soriano lifts Yanks, 4-2. Yanks lose Nix for year.

Derek Jeter has a rehab game tomorrow. Hopefully they get him back soon, for now they really need him.

Jeter has played in just five games all year, as he has been battling two ankle fractures, a quad strain and a calf strain.

Tonight, one of his replacements, last night’s hero, Jayson Nix, was lost for the rest of the season after getting hit by a pitch which broke his hand.

As for the game, Alfonso Soriano’s 2-Run HR in the 8th gave the Yanks a 4-2 victory.

In the first inning, Ichiro Suzuki got a single, which happened to be his 4000th hit if you add what he did in the Japanese Majors to what he has done over here in the USA.

Toronto went up with a run in the top of the second, and the Yanks tied it in the bottom half of the same inning on a SF by Romine, who just missed a 3-run HR.

Cano’s double and Granderson’s single made it 2-1 Yanks after three.

Josh Thole hit a HR in the 4th to tie it up.

Adam Warren started for the Yanks. It was his second MLB start. In his first, last year, he was bombed. Warren was mostly used as a mop-up man, middle innings guy this year before the DH yesterday necessitated today’s start. He went 3+, 2 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 4 K. ERA to 3.69.

David Huff came in and was a star of today’s game. He went 5 out of the bullpen, 0 R, 1 H, 4 walks and 2 K. A great job. He gets the win, and goes to 1-0, 5.79 for the year (combined; he had a game with Cleveland early on). He made a great defensive play in the 8th.

In the bottom of the 8th, Soriano’s 26th HR, a 2-run shot, won it. It was the 398th HR of Sori’s career, tying him with Dale Murphy on the all-time list.

Mo for the 9th and he got his 37th save, #645 of his career. 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 2 K. ERA to 2.25.

Robbie Cano had two hits and is now at .310.

Game 110. Hughes lousy, Jeter to DL? and tomorrow’s A-Rod circus

First, the game. Phil Hughes stank, was knocked out in the third, lowered his record to 4-10 and raised his ERA to 4.78 as the Yanks lost 6-3. The Yanks are now 57-53 on the year.

This year reminds me a little (only a little) of 1972. That year the Yanks finished just 79-76 (7 games lost to strike). This year, only one guy so far has more than a dozen HR (Cano). That season, only Murcer (33) had more than 14 HR. That year, only Murcer had more than 55 RBI. Right now, Cano is the only guy over 47. Cano’s nakedness in the lineup is similar to Murcer’s, to me. That year only Steve Kline (Steve Kline?) had an ERA+ over 100 among the starters. The “ace”, Stottlemyre, was 14-18. Granted Mel had an ERA of 3.22, but in 1972, 3.22 was BELOW AVERAGE. Mel’s ERA+ was 92, 8% BELOW average. In 1972 the Yanks had a lights-out closer in Lyle (9-5, 1.92 and 35 saves). This year the Yanks have not one, but two starters over 100 in ERA+ (Kuroda and Nova) and like in 1972, have an ace below average as CC’s ERA+ is 85. They have a lights out closer in Mo. Like this year, the 1972 Yanks were weak at 3B (Celerino Sanchez, OPS+ 80) and SS (regular Gene Michael, OPS+ 72).   

But in 1972, the Yanks had some guys with an OPS+ over 100 (average): Munson 114, Blomberg 153 (but platooned. He couldn’t hit lefties). 130 White, 169 Murcer. 108 Callison (Callison?). 117 Felipe Alou. Even Bernie Allen(!) had a 106.  Backup C Johnny Ellis had a 137. The team was 103, 110 if you don’t count pitchers (last year before the DH). That is fabulous compared to now.

Heck that year, Peterson hit .232 and Stottlemyre .200.  

This year’s offense is an 84 OPS+ even with the DH. Right now only Cano and Gardner among the regulars have OPS+ numbers above 100. (Unless you count Cervelli, Granderson, Mesa and Boesch, and I don’t—-too little playing time). Far worse.

But similar has far as a bunch of no-names and retreads (outside of Murcer, White and Munson), with only one major star. White and Munson were ok in 1972 but not too special. Bobby was it. This year, Robbie is it.

Hughes went just 2 2/3, 5 r, 6 H, 3 walks and a K. Once the Yanks were down 6-0 after four you knew they were cooked.

Claiborne 1 1/3, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K.  2.21.

Warren 2 IP, 0 r, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 3.51.

Logan 1 Ip, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.15.

Joba 1 Ip,  0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 k. 4.94.

Austin Romine got his first MLB HR. He went 2 for 3 to raise his average to .213. He was down around .125 or so very recently.

Granderson went 1 for 1, walked 3x and drove in a run.

Cano is down to .288.

Jeter may or may not be headed back to the DL … again. Now it’s his calf. Ankle fractures, quad, calf… beginning of the end?

Tomorrow should be a circus. MLB will levy suspensions around noon. They may NOT invoke “best interest of baseball” against A-Rod but “just” suspend him on the drug policy. Most players will accept the 50-games. A-Rod would get 214. He then would appeal. It’s like a little boy showing up at the ballpark with his bat and glove saying “let me play.” Selig doesn’t want to upset the players’ union so A-Rod may play on appeal, and then if he loses it, THEN serve 214 games which would take him into 2015.

Meanwhile, he may play tomorrow night while appealing a suspension. I don’t know how Alex thinks this (or anything) would gain him any love. Frankly, if I were the opposing pitcher, I would brush him back.

But Girardi then would have no choice. If Alex is available, he is your best option at 3B and in the middle of the lineup for a team that stinks offensively and at 3b right now. He would play him.

What a mess. 





Game 102. Yanks shut out Texas, 2-0.

Little support? No problem for Kuroda, Robertson and Mo as they shut out Texas 2-0 Thursday afternoon.

The Yanks still have NO home runs since the All-Star break. Meanwhile the deal for Alfonso Soriano is said to be 99% complete.

Kuroda went 7, 0 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 3 K. He improves to 10-6, 2.51.

D-Rob the 8th. 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks & 1 K. 1.96.

Mo with save #33 on the year and #641 for his career. 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. ERA down to 1.69.

The game was scoreless until the sixth. Romine, who had 3 hits, 2 doubles and who has raised his average lately up to .193 (it was down around .135) doubled and scored on a double by Lillibridge, who still is hitting just .098 for the season.

In the eighth, Cano doubled, went to third on a single by Wells and scored on a forceout by Nunez.

It looks like A-Rod will start another rehab stint, about five games worth, on August 1 and could come back (Biogenesis suspension notwithstanding) around August 6th.

Jeter looked good in running drills and could return this Saturday.