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Game 16. Yanks turn triple play in 10-2 win.

CC Sabathia had something to prove to me. I’ve mentioned that before this start he was a $23MM #4 starter to me—that I would take Tanaka, Pineda and Kuroda over him.

Perhaps even Nova… knocking CC to #5. After all, CC was 15-15, 4.93 since 2012 going into tonight. He went 7, got help from a triple play, and improved to 2-2, 5.19. Dellin Betances mopped up with two scoreless innings.

The Yanks turned their third triple play since 1968 in the second, and funny enough, CC was the pitcher for all three.

The Yanks got one in the first on a McCann single, and three in the second, keyed by Roberts and Ellsbury triples and a Jeter single.

Later, Soriano (#410 career) and McCann hit back-to-back HR. In the 9th, Solarte went deep for his first MLB HR. (A-Rod who?)

The Yanks have won 5 in a row and 6 out of 7. (10-6)

Lots of offensive stars tonight.

Ellsbury 2 H, 2 rbi.
Jeter 2 h, rbi (3329 hits now).
Soriano 3 h, rbi. HR
McCann 2 h, 2 rbi. HR
Solarte 3 H, 1st MLB HR, 2 RBI
Roberts 3 H, 2 rbi, HR short of the cycle.

10-2 Yanks.

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 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 #1. Opening day and CC don’t agree…again…. Yanks lose 6-2.

For as often as Joe Girardi trusts his binder, you think he would trust certain numbers and NOT start CC Sabathia on Opening Day. For if Joe looked at the numbers, and forgot this “ace” b.s., or loyalty or whatever, he would see this…

that CC stinks on Opening Day.

CC lost to Houston today, 6-2. He has started 11 Openers in his career, has just one win and a 6.12 ERA. If that isn’t a pattern (which Girardi loves to follow), what is? CC gave up 4 runs in the first inning and two in the second to doom the Yanks. Down 6-0 after 2.

CC went 6, settled down after the first two, but the damage was done. 6 IP, 6 R, 8 H, 1 walk and 6 K. Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless 7th, 2 K, and Vidal Nuno pitched a scoreless 8th, striking out the side.

The Yanks offense did little tonight as well, scoring both their runs in the 8th. Derek Jeter got hit #3317, putting him two behind Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list.

Opening night.

CC Sabathia takes the mound down in Houston tonight as the Yanks open their 2014 season.

Barring a last minute change, the Yanks’ lineup should look like this:

Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS (3316 career hits, 3 behind Paul Molitor on the all-time hits list)
Beltran RF (358 career HR, same # as Yogi)
McCann C
Teixeira 1B (341 career HR)
Soriano DH (406 career HR, one behind Duke Snider)
Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Johnson 3B

Sabathia LHP

S.T. Game 30. CC’s last tuneup a good one. Yanks win 4-2.

CC Sabathia threw four shutout innings in his final tuneup before he starts Tuesday on Opening Day vs. Houston. The Yanks beat the Pirates, 4-2.

As I predicted yesterday, Preston Claiborne did not make the team. He’s being sent down to AAA.

After CC’s four innings, Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno each pitched a scoreless inning. David Phelps gave up 2 R in 2/3 of an inning, and Cesar Cabral pitched 1 1/3 scoreless. It looks as if Nuno and Cabral are the two left for a “second lefty out of the bullpen” job.

Ichiro, who one scout yesterday described as awful this spring training, woke up with 3 hits, scored two runs and drove in another. Eduardo Nunez had three hits and an RBI. Zoilo Almonte was 3 for 3 with an RBI.

Nunez, Anna, and Solarte all started. Two of the three will make the team, what with Brendan Ryan being put on the DL. Manager Girardi wanted to get a good look at all three today. While Nunez got three hits, both Anna and Solarte went 0 for 4.

Mark Teixeira is down to .091 this spring.




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.

S.T. Game 21. Yanks one-hit Marlins, 7-0

CC Sabathia tossed five no-hit innings, striking out five, in the Yanks 7-0 win in Panama today in the other part of their split squad games.

After getting no-hit last night, the Yanks almost returned the favor, one-hitting the Marlins.

CC retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced, with the only batter reaching doing so on a two-out error by Zelous Wheeler in the fifth. Wheeler had driven in a run earlier with a double.

David Robertson pitched a scoreless, hitless sixth. Miami didn’t get their only hit until the seventh off of Preston Claiborne when Giancarlo Stanton singled and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. Cesar Cabral pitched the eighth and Chris LeRoux the ninth. LeRoux went 1-2-3 and struck out two.

Francisco Cervelli was 3 for 3 with an RBI and the red-hot Yangervis Solarte was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Solarte is at .517 this spring.

Antoan Richardson was 2 for 2, and Gary Sanchez hit a 2-run HR in the 9th.

Zoilo Almonte was 2 for 2.

The Yanks are now 10-9-2 this spring.



S.T . Game 13. Nats edge Yanks, 3-2

Neither team hit much, just 9 hits in the game, but Washington edged the Yanks 3-2 in spring training action today.

CC was shaky. 3 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 walks and 3 K. After that, the Yanks’ bullpen was superb, giving up 0 runs on 1 hit.

Matt Daley, Jim Miller, Dave Herndon and Cesar Cabral each pitched a scoreless and hitless inning. Brian Gordon gave up a hit in his scoreless inning.

The Yanks managed just four hits. Brett Gardner drove in a run with a SF, and Dean Anna drove in another after an Eduardo Nunez triple.

Yangervis Solarte had another hit and is now hitting .611 for the spring.


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.